Jose Valverde will join the Tigers on Wednesday and serve as their closer going forward

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Here’s the confirmation from the Tigers’ official Twitter account:

Valverde was a mess in last year’s playoffs, drew very little interest on the free agent market this winter and has not appeared above High-A ball since signing a minor league contract with the Tigers on April 4. But none of that apparently matters to Leyland and the Tigers. Joaquin Benoit will return to a setup role.