There is still a small chance the Mets sign free-agent closer Jose Valverde, an industry source told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
According to Davidoff’s source, the Mets view Valverde as “a 5 out of 10.”
2:15 PM: If Valverde does not get a big league deal somewhere else, the Mets will consider him at a later date. (Martino, Daily News)
1:14 PM: A team insider says the chances of signing Valverde is “really, really unlikely.” (Rubin, ESPN NY).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Sandy Alderson told media he was done acquiring relievers after finalizing a deal with Brandon Lyon, which is probably way the door is ‘ajar,’ in regards to signing Valverde, as Davidoff puts it…
By the way, Davidoff is persuasive, because I had little interest in Valverde. However, after reading his report, I’m intrigued. The thing is, Parnell was probably a better overall pitcher last year. It’s Valverde’s track record, though, that makes him worth considering, especially on a one-year contract. I’m on board, so long as it’s for one year and Parnell is given a fair shot to win the closer’s role away, because he’s earned it and he’s been told he’s earned it – and I don’t see what that should change if Valverde strolls in to camp one day.
Michael Baron, Contributor
He struggled last year and lost his job as closer late in the season, after what was a dominant 2011. Hitters started making more contact and his velocity dipped, but he still throws hard enough and he’s been a colorful and intimidating closer in his career…
Feb. 3: The Mets are interested in Valverde, but unlikely to sign Francisco Rodriguez or Brian Wilson (Rubin, ESPN NY).
Feb. 3: The Tigers, Reds, Marlins and Blue Jays are all still looking for bullpen help (Cafardo, Boston Globe).
Statistics and information on Valverde...
Stats: Valverde, 34, went 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 71 games, having saved 35 games in 40 opportunities in 2012. He allowed 27 walks with 48 strikeouts in 69 innings last season.
Contract: Valverde earned $9 million in an option which was part of a two-year, $14 million deal he signed before the 2010 season.