Jose Valverde

Jose Valverde opts out of deal, released by Padres

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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.