Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of
pitcher Jose Valverde from Lakeland of the Florida State League Wednesday,
paving the way for the veteran reliever to return to his role as the club's
Valverde agreed to a major league contract Tuesday with the organization that
opted not to re-sign him in the offseason following a dismal performance in
The 35-year-old right-hander saved 110 games for the Tigers over the past
three seasons, including 35 during the 2012 regular season, but gave up nine
runs and 11 hits in four postseason appearances.
Valverde, who has 277 career saves over 10 seasons with Arizona, Houston and
Detroit, struck out four and walked two while allowing just one hit over three
innings of work at Lakeland in three games played.
Detroit designated pitcher Duane Below for assignment to make room for
Valverde on the 40-man roster. Below has yet to appear in a game for the
Tigers this season.
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