Apr 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jose Valverde (47) watches as Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) rounds first base after hitting a three run home run during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets likely removing Jose Valverde from closer role


After another brutal outing on Saturday night, Mets manager Terry Collins strongly suggested that Jose Valverde will be removed from the closer role.

During his outing Saturday night, Valverde committed an error on a soft grounder, and allowed a three-run homer to Justin Upton that turned out to be the difference in the Mets’ loss to Atlanta.

In his previous two appearances before Saturday, Valverde gave up three home runs over two innings while blowing one save and nearly blowing another.

Valverde, 36, was released by Detroit in 2013 and signed a minor league deal with the Mets before the season.

Thoughts:

Valverde being removed as closer is something that arguably should’ve happened after his last appearance.

It’s not yet known who will replace Valverde if he is indeed removed as closer, but the logical options seem to be Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez Germen.

The Mets also attended free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan‘s showcase on Thursday, which is something to keep an eye on.

In the grand scheme of things, the Mets removing Valverde as closer may just be the first of two steps. The second would be his removal from the roster.

 

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  • SL

    There’s an obvious bullpen move to be made, which means, of course, the Mets won’t do it. Gee, who is fantastic the first time through a lineup and gets worse with each pass (significantly) should be moved to the pen NOW, which is where he will end up with Thor and Montero or DeGrom promoted later this summer.
    He’s a strike thrower and doesn’t walk people which is what is needed in relief.

    And for now, you can put Dice K in the rotation to take Gee’s spot for the next 2 months.

  • Eric Kench

    This is a mistake. I am convinced that Valverde’s failures have more to do with him being used in non-save situations. It could be hurting his mindset in that he is not being used exclusively as the closer.