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