Jose Valverde thinks he’s only gonna be in the minors a short time

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Jose Valverde wants Tigers fans to know that they’re not safe from him for long. Here’s what he told Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press:

“I didn’t have a spring training,” Valverde had said, a few hours earlier in the clubhouse. “I think this is like a spring training.”

“Will you be here for six weeks?” I asked.

“Hell no,” he said, in a big booming voice. “I’ll be here two or three weeks. Something like that.”

And with that Jim Leyland lit another Winston, shook his head and imagined what life would be like if he had even a mediocre bullpen to work with.

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.