Showing posts with label Jose Valverde. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jose Valverde. Show all posts

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mets News: Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens Fired, Mets Let Go Jose Valverde


Mets News:


The Mets made a pair of dismissals Monday, firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and releasing reliever Jose Valverde, after a 5-3 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day.

Hudgens, a longtime colleague of general manager Sandy Alderson, was in his fourth season as hitting coach. He will be replaced by Lamar Johnson, who had been the organization's minor league hitting coordinator for the past decade.

Johnson, 63, served as a major league hitting coach from 1995 through 2003 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He had a nine-year career as a first baseman, primarily with the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets are 7-17 in May despite relatively solid starting pitching. The team is batting a collective .237 with a .310 on-base percentage this season. The Mets have failed to drive in a run in their last nine at-bats with the bases loaded. They grounded into five double plays in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, matching the franchise record for a nine-inning game.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets News: Bullpen Notes - Valverde, Black, Germen, Farnsworth


Mets News: Bullpen Notes - Valverde, Black, Germen


Once penciled in as the primary set-up man for Bobby Parnell, Vic Black instead was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday morning. That appears good news for Gonzalez Germen's chances of making the Opening Day roster.

Black, acquired Aug. 29 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, allowed 13 hits and 10 walks in 9 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. He had a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Mets also made if official, adding Jose Valverde to the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Valverde may serve as Bobby Parnell's primary set-up man. The bullpen also is expected to include Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice and John Lannan.

Valverde, 36, has a 3.00 ERA 0.889 WHIP in nine Grapefruit League innings.

Three days after Kyle Farnsworth was released by the Mets, the veteran reliever officially re-signed Wednesday on a minor-league deal.

Farnsworth's new deal, which saved the Mets a $100,000 retention bonus they were unwilling to pay, is believed to include an out in May if he is not promoted to the big-league club by then.

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.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Report: Mets unlikely to sign Closer Jose Valverde


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the Mets are unlikely to sign former Tiger closer Jose Valverde, who turns 35 next month. The club expects Valverde to eventually find a major league deal elsewhere.

If he is amenable to a minor league deal later in camp, the Mets might be open to that — but as of right now, a fit does not seem likely.


With Frank Francisco still unable to throw because of his elbow issues, Terry Collins named Bobby Parnell the Mets' closer last week, a position he could retain even when Francisco returns. The Mets also have Brandon Lyon in camp, a veteran expected to handle the eighth inning, but with ample closing experience.

Valverde Career Stats:
Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB
2003 25 ARI 2 1 2.15 54 10 50.1 24 16 12 4 26
2004 26 ARI 1 2 4.25 29 8 29.2 23 17 14 7 17
2005 27 ARI 3 4 2.44 61 15 66.1 51 19 18 5 20
2006 28 ARI 2 3 5.84 44 18 49.1 50 32 32 6 22
2007 29 ARI 1 4 2.66 65 47 64.1 46 21 19 7 26
2008 30 HOU 6 3 3.38 74 44 72.0 62 28 27 10 23
2009 31 HOU 4 2 2.33 52 25 54.0 40 15 14 5 21
2010 32 DET 2 4 3.00 60 26 63.0 41 24 21 5 32
2011 33 DET 2 4 2.24 75 49 72.1 52 21 18 5 34
2012 34 DET 3 4 3.78 71 35 69.0 59 34 29 3 27
10 Yrs 26 31 3.11 585 277 590.1 448 227 204 57 248
162 Game Avg. 3 4 3.11 68 32 69 52 26 24 7 29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2013.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets looking at closers to bolster beleaguered bullpen


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The Mets' search for bullpen help has led them to some prominent free agent relievers. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde, and would even consider bringing Francisco Rodriguez back to New York, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports.

However, a deal with Brian Wilson is now considered “very unlikely.”

The Mets are interested in signing Valverde, but only on their terms. Rubin suggests the Mets might be prepared to guarantee Valverde $4MM on a deal with significant incentives. Though the Mets have some interest in Rodriguez, he is believed to be seeking about $7MM, according to Rubin. Both free agent right-handers are clients of the Boras Corporation.

The Mets visited Roy Oswalt to convince him to join the team as its closer, Rubin reports. Oswalt is not interested in becoming a closer, so he’s no longer an option for GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets have one serious offer out to a late-inning reliever who’s not a closer, Rubin adds. The team expects to hear back from the player shortly.

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