Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mets News: Mets sign RHP Jose Valverde to a minor league contract


Mets News:


The Mets announced Wednesday that they had signed  Jose Valverde to a minor league contract, to add another veteran presence to their bullpen. He will join Vic Black and Kyle Farnsworth as candidates to set up the incumbent closer, Bobby Parnell, who is rehabbing after having surgery in September to repair a herniated disk.

In recent years, the Mets have made a habit of making moves like this, filling out their bullpen with aging, relatively inexpensive veterans. Last season the Mets took a chance on LaTroy Hawkins, who, at 40, pitched in 72 games with a 2.93 earned run average.

Perhaps Valverde, even at 35, can recapture his old form. From 2010 to 2012 he had a 3.00 E.R.A. and averaged about 37 saves during the regular season. But then he collapsed in the playoffs, which, at least in part, led him here now to the Mets.

Last year, the Tigers waited until April to bring him back, on a minor league contract. In 20 games, he converted 9 of 12 save chances and was mostly effective, but when he failed, he failed spectacularly. He allowed four runs twice, and only four runs total over his other 16 games, but he was released in early August.

Valverde's Career Stats:
Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
2003 25 ARI 2 1 2.15 54 10 50.1 24 16 12 4 26 71
2004 26 ARI 1 2 4.25 29 8 29.2 23 17 14 7 17 38
2005 27 ARI 3 4 2.44 61 15 66.1 51 19 18 5 20 75
2006 28 ARI 2 3 5.84 44 18 49.1 50 32 32 6 22 69
2007 29 ARI 1 4 2.66 65 47 64.1 46 21 19 7 26 78
2008 30 HOU 6 3 3.38 74 44 72.0 62 28 27 10 23 83
2009 31 HOU 4 2 2.33 52 25 54.0 40 15 14 5 21 56
2010 32 DET 2 4 3.00 60 26 63.0 41 24 21 5 32 63
2011 33 DET 2 4 2.24 75 49 72.1 52 21 18 5 34 69
2012 34 DET 3 4 3.78 71 35 69.0 59 34 29 3 27 48
2013 35 DET 0 1 5.59 20 9 19.1 18 12 12 6 6 19
11 Yrs 26 32 3.19 605 286 609.2 466 239 216 63 254 669
162 Game Avg. 3 4 3.19 68 32 69 52 27 24 7 29 75
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/12/2014.
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