Former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde is on the verge of signing with the Miami Marlins according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com. However, Jon Heyman reports that Valverde is still talking with a number of teams, including the Marlins, and that nothing is imminent.
The Mets were reportedly pursuing Valverde as an option to try and replace Frank Francisco as the team’s closer. The Mets front office has deep concerns about Francisco being able to close for them this season.
Last night, several sources reorted that the Mets were close to signing Brandon Lyon as an option to close, but the Daily News followed with another report that Lyon is still negotiating with other teams.
This Valverde deal could serve as a benchmark for a Brandon Lyon deal if it were to get done first. We’ll see.
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Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.
The deal with Scott Boras over Valverde would have to be on the Mets’ terms, though. That means it would probably be akin to the contract to which Shaun Marcum agreed — $4 million base, with a similar amount in incentives based on games finished or saves, in Valverde’s case.
Valverde, 34, went 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA and produced 35 saves for the Detroit Tigers last season. He earned $9 million in 2012.
I can’t see Valverde signing for anything less than $7 million guaranteed, but I credit the Mets for trying.