Tigers release Jose Valverde

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Jose Valverde has been pitching at Triple-A since the Tigers designated him for assignment and he passed through waivers unclaimed in late June, saving seven games with a 4.09 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio in 11 innings for Toledo.

And today the Tigers released him.

Shockingly, it turns out that being a “proven closer” doesn’t matter much when you’re no longer actually a good pitcher, although it took the Tigers a while to realize that while letting Valverde throw 19 innings with a 5.59 ERA in the ninth-inning role he ceased deserving long ago.

I suppose technically Valverde was right about only being in the minors for a short time. At age 35 he’ll no doubt have to settle for another minor-league deal if he decides to keep playing.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.