Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that veteran reliever Jose Valverde has signed with the Nationals after opting out of a minor-league contract with the Padres three weeks ago.
It’s another minor-league deal for Valverde, the 37-year-old former All-Star closer who struggled during spring training and hasn’t pitched well in the majors since 2012.
It’s possible he still has enough left in the tank to be useful to the Nationals in a middle relief role, but Valverde will likely have to impress at Triple-A to earn a call-up.
This is not a repeat from, well, any point in the past several seasons:
Maybe, eventually, they’ll get one?
In other news, Jose Valverde is available. C’mon, Dombrowski. Make a trade if you have to, but you can get Valverde for free! We need this to happen.
Just a couple weeks ago there were actual stories written by mainstream outlets suggesting Jose Valverde was turning heads in Padres camp, which is the sort of thing that makes paying attention to spring training seem silly.
Valverde has opted out of his minor-league deal upon learning he will not make the Opening Day roster and the Padres granted his release, meaning the 37-year-old former closer is once again a free agent.
Valverde posted an ERA above 5.00 in each of the past two seasons and has now been cut loose by the Tigers, Mets, and Padres since late 2013.