In what seems to be a knee jerk reaction to Phil Cokes Blown save, the Detroit Tigers have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league deal. According to a ESPN.com, Dave Dombrowski said “there is no timetable or certainty for Valverde to join the Tigers”. Valverde, who is 5th on the Detroit Tigers All-time saves list, was not re-signed by the club after having a difficult stretch run and post-season in 2012.
Papa Grande re-joins the Detroit Tigers at a time when the closer position is in flux. Bruce Rondon was anointed the team closer early in spring training only to end up in Toledo to start the season. This move won’t do much to sooth fears that the Detroit Tigers entered the regular season with no real plan at closer. The addition of Papa Grande will likely cause more controversy considering the Detroit Tigers showed little to no interest in the veteran closer.
As @blessyouboys stated on twitter: ”gut reaction to valverde deal: not a bad idea really. if he stinks and never makes it out of Toledo, what was the cost?”
I tend to agree. It doesn’t change the approach to todays game that of any game in the near future. We also have to remember that a combination of things cost the Detroit Tigers the game yesterday. It was a team loss to be sure.
If the Big Potato does make it back to the Detroit it will be the feel-good story of the summer.