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Jose Valverde | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/24/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals signed RHP Jose Valverde to a minor league contract
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report that a deal might be close. The Nats have had some issues in middle relief, so bringing in Valverde makes some sense on a non-guaranteed deal. The former closer has posted a 5.63 ERA over the last two seasons for the Tigers and Mets but has struck out over a batter per inning during that stretch. Apr 29 - 12:50 PM

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Padres released RHP Jose Valverde.

Valverde exercised the opt-out in his minor league contract with the Friars and will now try to latch on with a new team before the start of the regular season. The 37-year-old right-hander allowed five runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring and he struggled mightily in 2014 with the Mets. The ride might be over.
Apr 2 - 11:04 AM

Padres signed RHP Jose Valverde to a minor league contract.

The Big Potato began the 2014 campaign as the Mets closer but quickly came crashing back to earth, posting a 5.66 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 23/10 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings before getting released. He'll attempt to compete for a spot in the Padres bullpen, but his days of fantasy relevancy are over.
Jan 10 - 2:20 PM

Mets released RHP Jose Valverde.

Valverde gave up four runs over two-third of an inning and took the loss Monday against the Pirates, and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't waste any time announcing the move after the game. The 36-year-old posted a 5.66 ERA in 21 appearances with the Mets and might be running out chances in the majors.
Mon, May 26, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Jose Valverde earned his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless 14th inning on Sunday.

After being removed from the closer's role on Saturday, Valverde was called on to keep the game tied Sunday afternoon. He allowed a single but was otherwise spotless, and he was rewarded for his work when the Mets pushed a run across in the bottom half of the inning. He'll need a lot more days like that before he inserts his name back into the Mets' closer discussion.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 06:10:00 PM

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, the Mets are likely to make a change at closer.

Valverde surrendered three runs Saturday against the Braves in his latest of a string of rough outings. Mets manager Terry Collins said he would address his players before making an official announcement to the media. Vic Black has been putting up zeroes at Triple-A, but his control is still an issue. The Mets might go with a committee.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:51:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said he's sticking with Jose Valverde as his closer.

Collins was pressed about his closer situation after Valverde allowed two home runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks. It was the second straight outing in which Valverde served up a homer, and he's allowed five runs over his past two appearances. The 36-year-old may still be the go-to guy for now, but his leash can't be too terribly long at this point.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 08:10:00 PM

Jose Valverde allowed two solo home runs in a non-save situation during Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called on to protect a five-run lead, the closer promptly served up back-to-back jacks to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt before escaping without further damage. The idea that he wasn't sharp because it wasn't a save situation might apply under different circumstances, but Valverde was beat up by the Angels his last time out as well. This carriage might be quickly turning back into a pumpkin.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Jose Valverde blew a save by giving up a three-run homer to the Angels' Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning Saturday.

There's the Valverde we know and love. He had pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, so he was really saving up for this one. The Mets will hope it's not a sign of things to come, but with Valverde, who really knows? Gonzalez Germen's stock is on the rise.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 01:23:00 AM

Jose Valverde retired all three Braves he faced for his second save on Thursday.

Valverde put the splitter back into his arsenal tonight, throwing three of them among his seven pitches. He ended up getting two popups, including one on the splitter (ironically, on the worst of them that he threw), and he then struck out Jason Heyward with a fastball to end it. If Valverde regains his splitter, he'll have a much better chance of surviving as the Mets' closer. The pitch has been a non-factor for him for about 2 1/2 years now, though.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Jose Valverde made it interesting in Tuesday's win over the Braves, loading the bases before escaping without incident in the Mets' 4-0 win.

Valverde was brought in to hold down a four-run lead but instead gave up two straight singles. After a fielder's choice, the right-hander then compounded his struggles with a throwing error that loaded the bases with one out. Gerald Laird proceeded to pop out and a Jason Heyward fly ball fell short of the seats, allowing Valverde to exhale. The shaky outing did little to cement his spot as the Mets' closer, but he's still got the gig for now.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:44:00 PM

The Mets plan to evaluate internal options, including Jose Valverde, to address their closer situation without Bobby Parnell.

Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, ending his season. Jose Valverde, with 287 career saves and the veteran of a very young bullpen, is the Mets' initial option and appears to be the leading candidate for most of the team's save opportunities. As a result, Valverde should be picked up in all fantasy formats.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Jose Valverde notched a save against the Reds on Friday with a scoreless inning of work.

The Mets' new ninth inning man with Bobby Parnell sidelined, Valverde had two on and one out before getting Joey Votto to fly out and Jay Bruce to strike out swinging to end it. That's called walking the tightrope. It was his first save in the big leagues since June 11 of last year. We're not sure how much "Papa Grande" has left in the tank, but he should be owned in all fantasy formats for now.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Wednesday that Jose Valverde will fill in as the team's closer.

Bobby Parnell is out with a torn medial collateral ligament and could be facing season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. That gives Valverde significant fantasy value (for as long as he can hold the job). The 36-year-old right-hander had a rough 5.49 ERA in 19 1/3 innings last season for Detroit.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 04:03:00 PM

Jose Valverde is expected to serve as the Mets' closer with Bobby Parnell (elbow) sidelined.

This could be more of a statement about the Mets' bullpen than anything else, but Valverde looks like the best option now that Parnell is headed to the disabled list. Though, to his credit, the 36-year-old looked solid in the spring and struck out three batters over 1 1/3 innings on Opening Day against the Nationals. He's a must-own in all fantasy formats for now, but we're still not convinced he has much left in the tank. The Mets could eventually look to Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, or Gonzalez Germen if it turns out that Parnell needs surgery. It's even possible that they could sign a free agent like Joel Hanrahan. In other words, don't look at Valverde as a long-term option for your fantasy team.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 01:52:00 PM

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SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
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4Matt Thornton
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6Tanner Roark
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8Felipe Rivero
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10Matt Grace
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