Jose Valverde

Mets sign Jose Valverde, not replacing Parnell

The Mets have signed free-agent RHP Jose Valverde to a minor league contract with an invite to major league Spring Training.


4:09 pm: “We were looking for a veteran presence in the bullpen, he does have some experience closing, but this is not a move to displace Bobby Parnell,” Sandy Alderson said after the signing was announced (Daily News, Feb. 12). “We signed him to a minor league contract and we’ll see how he throws in spring training.”


10:14 am: Valverde, 35, has recorded 296 saves during his 11-year career.

He is best known for his time with the Tigers, where he posted a 3.00 ERA and struck 7.9 batters per nine innings, while recording 110 saves from 2010 to 2012. However, last season he struggled, was demoted and eventually designated for assignment with a 5.59 ERA after just 20 relief appearances with Detroit.

Alderson said Tuesday on WFAN that he had been looking to acquire an experience relief pitcher to compete with Kyle Farnsworth, among others, for a spot in the team’s bullpen.

The Mets reportedly showed interest in Valverde last offseason, as well.

He can earn $1 million if he makes the team (Heyman Feb. 12).

Nicknamed “Papa Grande,” Valverde is notorious for his grandiose celebrations and antics when securing saves.




239 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Farnsworth and Valverde. Two longstanding members in the All Choke Hall of Fame. Guess that Mel Rojas was unavailable. Seriously, I HATE this signing. Sure, it's a bargain price but did anybody actually watch this guy pitch last year? He was ABYSMAL. And you know that, despite all reassurances, Bobby Parnell is gonna start looking over his shoulder after the first blown save. Sandy's long-in-the-tooth signings speak volumes about the current state of this once-proud franchise.

Zach14
Zach14

Another guy that loves to celebrate after a save.

Thomas Kulik
Thomas Kulik

Not bad.. Problem is that he is 35 and not lets say 22 ?

Michael Vicente
Michael Vicente

So many fake mets fans here....we making playoffs this year lets go mets!!! Mets 4life

robo
robo

i love this move more then the farnsworth a proven all star closer who two years ago had over 40 saves good job sandy

Brian Lesko
Brian Lesko

If Valverde can solve his control and head problems this is a great signing by the METS

D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

Its a step in the right direction.At least ur bringing in someone who's used to winning instead of retreads,rejects,waiver cast offs & career AAA bums..Now give Boras the 3yr deal for Drew and maybe u get to .500 this yr..MAYBE

Michael John Knespler
Michael John Knespler

note to Mets-never under any circumstances should you ever entertain trading Daniel Murphy-a future batting champion and second in the nl in hits last season.please keep Murph and knock off the trade talk about him.second best to Wright.

Ben Berrios
Ben Berrios

yo i'm ready for baseball season, don't let me down New York Mets

Anthony Miranda
Anthony Miranda

Joel hanarahan or however u spell it, was the guy to get. It's only a minor league deal, worst case scenario, he is an arm they can call up.

danielg
danielg

this team is officially .001% better

cver
cver

Valverde is one season removed, if I am correct, from a serious run.  If someone can enlighten me, what were the specific problems with him last year?  Injured, mechanical?  Certainly, for one million, they have him around to see what he's got and to see how Parnell is progressing and same goes for Farnsworth.

Salvatore Vassallo
Salvatore Vassallo

Kevin Gregg Fernando Rodney and Latroy Hawkins were all available and this was the best they could do? At least it's not hanrahan

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

The mets have to choose between Drew and bonifacio now bonifacio is decent but I wish Lagares could leadoff cuz drew is a fit

metfan
metfan

What idiot reporter asked Sandy if Valverde is going to "displace Parnell?"  Was this his first day on the beat after a 3 year coma?

bigdirty
bigdirty

for a $1 mill..why not..

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Yeah. Now sign drew and Cruz. We don't want Tejada. Give the fans a reason to come.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Replace Parnell?....

Valverde was a travesty last year....he showed he had little to nothing left.  There's no harm in bringing him in and see what happens but geez...

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

Bonifacio just cleared waivers - hes a free agent. Lets sign him, huh!?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

These kinds of deals are really good - low risk, high reward potential. I feel a lot better about the bullpen going into 2014 than about many other aspects of the team. There's competition, veteran presence, some younger players, and some depth. The starting rotation is good, if everyone stays healthy.


The offense is just not there IMHO. Chris Young is not an everyday player and not a consistent bet for power. 1B is a joke. If d'Arnaud doesn't turn it on, there's no good backup. There's no professional hitter on the bench to turn to in tight spots.


So, I think they've done a good job working with the weaknesses of the bullpen. I am not sold on any other moves.

rtoye2376
rtoye2376

@metsblog @MetsGM I'm so sick of scraping the bottom. Looks like another horrible year from b.p. Way go Sandy

stemog
stemog

@metfan Maybe he did it so the cyber morons don't make it a three-day filibuster on here.

Darren Delgado
Darren Delgado

@Victor Triguero  Bonifacio is a horrible baseball player.  Keep Tejada there and your offense would be better, and you save $3M.

Gland1
Gland1

@Victor Triguero  what makes this a good lineup?  And why is Bonifacio at SS?  

mets2014
mets2014

In that scenario it would be Chris young in cf and not lagares

carlos rivera
carlos rivera

I'd love to see Bonofacio leading off for this team, and playing shortstop, he is good enough to play the position assuming everybody makes erros

Jeff Tinsman
Jeff Tinsman

@carlos rivera He would be a great speed addition to this team who has actual major league success, and yes, the fact we can stick him just about anywhere is a huge +

Gland1
Gland1

@Victor Triguero @metsblog @MetsGM  Chris Garcia/Matt Clark signings are bad signings?  In what way?  They are only bad signings if you are one of those people who think that every signing is for the ML roster and that no players are necessary for the minor leagues.  There are quite a few ignorant fans out there who think that way, and those folks are the one who complain about depth signings.  I'm sure you're not one of those ignorant fans though.

carlos rivera
carlos rivera

Im just learning my english, tell me if i write anything wrong, greetings from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico