This morning, the Mets announced on Twitter that they have signed right handed reliever Jose Valverde to a minor league deal.
June 11, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Valverde (46) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Valverde, who turns 36 in March, was released by the Tigers last August after posting a 5.59 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched (with a trip to Triple-A Toledo mixed in).
Prior to last season, Valverde had a string of six very productive seasons, saving more than 40 games three separate times.
However, since 2010, Valverde’s fastball velocity and split-finger velocity has dropped steadily.
If he makes the Mets, Valverde can earn up to $1 million dollars.
Valverde was a complete mess last season, so him making the big league roster shouldn’t be viewed as even close to a lock.
While speaking with Mike Francesa on WFAN yesterday afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that if the team brought in another reliever, it would be someone who is “more than just a body…somebody who has a chance to make an impact.”
If Valverde is able to revert to his pre-2013 ways, he could be an “impact” arm. If he doesn’t, he’ll likely fail to crack the opening day roster.