The Mets announced Wednesday afternoon that they had added right handed reliever Jose Valverde to the 40-man roster.
Mar 11, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jose Valverde (47) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 9-8. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Valverde, 36, was signed by the club to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training earlier this offseason.
Valverde’s spot in the Opening Day bullpen was all but assured prior to the club adding him to the 40-man roster, but the move confirms that Valverde will be in the pen.
Jose Valverde struggled mightily with Detroit last season, and has put together a decent spring.
However, with today’s news that Vic Black will open the year in the minors, it’s likely that Valverde will be the team’s setup man at the beginning of the season.
If Familia is able to carry over his spring training performance to the regular season, he should be able to quickly unseat Valverde as the setup man.