It's official -- Papa Grande is back! The Detroit Tigers announced late Tuesday that they've signed relief pitcher Jose Valverde to a one-year contract. Jim Leyland told the press that Valverde WILL be their closer.
This all started Tuesday afternoon when Craig Custance from ESPN The Magazine tweeted that, "Jose Valverde on my flight to Detroit. Looks like he's back."
CBS Sports writer Jon Heyman tweeted not long after that the Tigers were "planning to activate valverde soon. Should join big league team w/i days."
While speculation was rampant that Valverde would be going to Toledo first, Valverde told Custance that he expected to sign a one-year deal and was NOT going to Toledo. Once Custance tweeted those details, it was a matter of minutes before the Tigers announced they had agreed to the one-year deal with Valverde.
Valverde was on a tryout with the Tigers. The team had until May 8 to decide whether to keep him or release him.
The Detroit News reported on Tuesday morning that Papa Grande struck out the side in his lone inning of work in
Valverde, the much maligned reliever, who failed many times in the postseason last season, will join the team for tonight's game.
In other moves yesterday, the Tigers placed Octavio Dotel on the DL and brought up reliever Bruce Rondon.