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47 Jose Valverde RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/255 | Birthdate: 3/24/1978 | Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 255.20

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Jose Valverde released following loss Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Mets reliever Jose Valverde had a pretty unforgettable Monday. After taking the loss in Monday's game against the Pirates, the Mets announced minutes after the game went final they released the veteran reliever, who held the role of closer earlier this season.

Valverde entered Monday's game with the Mets leading 2-1 and with two outs in the eighth inning. He was immediately greeted by a Starling Marte doubled, who scored one batter later on Jose Tabata's RBI single. Valverde retired Clint Barmes to escape the jam, but he ran into more trouble in the ninth inning.

Valverde allowed a one-out single to Neil Walker and a walk to Andrew McCutchen before Gaby Sanchez put Pittsburgh ahead with a two-RBI single. Valverde was then replaced by Carlos Torres, who allowed Sanchez to score on a Russell Martin double.

Valverde (1-1) was charged with four runs on four hits and one walk in two-thirds inning. His ERA ballooned to 5.56 before his release.


Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jose Valverde will close Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) If the Mets have a save situation Friday, either Daisuke Matsuzaka or Jose Valverde will close, according to MLB.com.

The club has been utilizing a closer by committee approach the past few games. Matsuzaka has picked up one save this year. Valverde has recorded two saves this season. 


Mets closer drama not a good situation for Fantasy owners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) With the surprising demotion of reliever Kyle Farnsworth, the Mets are once again scrambling to fill the closer's role.

Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't named a replacement, but earlier in the week when he was talking about a committee approach he mentioned Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka as candidates to close. Collins also said Jenrry Mejia, who was recently moved from the rotation to the bullpen, will enter the mix down the road, per MLB.com.

So what do Fantasy owners do? Hopefully, pray Collins will eventually name a closer and stick with him.

In the short term, if you are looking to replace Farnsworth, consider Familia and Matsuzaka your best options. Personally, I would add Familia since Collins hinted Sunday Familia is "real close" to stepping into the closer role.

But if you are in a deep format and looking for a player to stash, I'd consider Mejia. His problem in the rotation was facing hitters a second and third time through the lineup. He was pretty good the first time, holding opponents to a .193 batting average. 

In 2011, Baseball America had Mejia as the Mets' top prospect. They wrote, "Even if he flames out as a starter, he can be a dominating late-inning reliever." I definitely buy that.


Mets going 'game by game' with save chances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins is making another change at closer. He told reporters Tuesday the closer situation will be handled "game by game" in part due to Kyle Farnsworth's heavy workload.

Collins said Farnsworth, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia and Daisuke Matsuzaka could be under consideration for save opportunities.

Bobby Parnell began the season as the team's closer before suffering a season-ending elbow injury, which required Tommy John surgery. Valverde replaced him as closer before he was removed in favor of Farnsworth.


Mets keeping closer options open


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) The Mets inserted Kyle Farnsworth into the closing role this weekend, but general manager Sandy Alderson is keeping his options open regarding the role moving forward, including potentially using Carlos Torres or the recently removed Jose Valverde in the ninth inning at some point, the Star-Ledger reports.

"In my view we’ve got a lot of guys that are sort of on a par," Sandy Alderson regarding his comfort level with Farnsworth as closer. "Valverde pitches a little differently than he does over the first four, five outings, there’s no reason he can’t be as effective as he was yesterday. Torres has been very good for us. The nice thing about Carlos is that he can go more than one inning typically. So we’ll see how it goes with Farnsworth. I like the variety of options we may have going forward. The key is for guys to get better and we’ll also see how things develop at Vegas."

The Mets will likely stick with Farnsworth as long as he remains productive. He has given up just one earned run in 8 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two.


Jose Valverde no longer the Mets' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins announced Sunday he's taking Jose Valverde out of the closer's role and replacing him with Kyle Farnsworth. 

"I'm going to close with Farnsworth right now," Collins said Sunday, per MLB.com. "I talked with Jose about it. I know he's still got the stuff to get people out. I want him to start using his other pitches a little bit. His fastball is certainly not 97 [mph] anymore, but it's good enough. He's just got to mix up some pitches."

After opening the season with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in his first five appearances, Valverde has a 15.00 ERA and one blown save in his last three appearances. Valverde has given up eight runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks in his last three outings. He's also given up four home runs in three innings in that span.

"It's a part of the game," Valverde said of his recent struggles. "There's nothing you can do. It's over already. You know what I mean? It's a new game today. Try to win today, and that's it."


Jose Valverde struggles Saturday, could be out as closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Mets pitcher Jose Valverde surrendered a three-run home run in a nonsave situation in his team's 7-5 loss to the Braves Saturday, and it appears manager Terry Collins is ready to make a change in the closer role, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

All three of the runs charged to Valverde were unearned due to an error the pitcher made on a bunt, and with three straight ugly outings to his credit, the closer sounds like he'll be removed from a ninth-inning role. Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez Germen seem like the most likely candidates to inherit closing duties.


Jose Valverde gets vote of confidence Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said after Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks that Jose Valverde will continue to pitch in save situations moving forward, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Valverde was used in a nonsave situation Wednesday and gave up two solo home runs before slamming the door on the Diamondbacks. He also surrendered a game-tying three-run home run in his previous appearance Saturday.


Jose Valverde surrenders two runs in nonsave situation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Mets pitcher Jose Valverde pitched the ninth inning in a nonsave situation Wednesday and gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out one and surrendering two solo home runs in his team's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

After opening the season with five scoreless appearances, Valverde has allowed five earned runs and three home runs over two innings in his last two games. He'll have to turn things around quickly if he wants to remain the team's preferred option in save situations.


Jose Valverde blows first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Mets closer Jose Valverde had been untouchable through his first five outings of the season, but he finally blew his first save Saturday against the Angels.

Pitching with a 6-3 lead, Valverde gave up three runs on one swing of the bat, as Raul Ibanez tied the game with two outs. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one batter. The Mets would go on to win the game, 7-6, in 13 innings. 

With how well Valverde has pitched this season, it's not hard to overlook one bad outing. He has allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, with eight strikeouts, six hits and two walks. 


Jose Valverde picks up easy second save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Mets closer Jose Valverde picked up his second save of the season with a quick ninth innings Thursday, in a 6-4 win over the Braves.

Valverde needed just seven pitches to set the Braves down, recording one strikeout on the way. He has yet to allow a run in five appearances this season, while recording a pair of saves and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings of work.


Jose Valverde picks up first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Mets reliever Jose Valverde picked up his first save Friday since being named the team's closer, in a 4-3 over the Reds.

Valverde didn't toss a flawless ninth for the save, allowing the potential winning run to reach second with just one out, before ending the game by retiring Cincinnati's No. 3 and 4 hitters. He struck out one batter and threw nine of 14 pitches for strikes.

Valverde has thrown 2 1/3 innings without allowing a score this season, while striking out four batters and allowing just two baserunners. 


Jose Valverde an in-case-of-emergency closer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/2/2014) With Bobby Parnell sidelined for the next six weeks and possibly the rest of the season with an elbow injury, Jose Valverde takes over as the Mets closer, and the consensus is he stinks.

I won't try to argue it. By closer standards, he does stink. But by general reliever standards, I think he still brings something to the table. He gave up a few too many homers in his short stint with the Tigers last year but was otherwise passable.

That's hardly a ringing endorsement, but in the end, saves are saves. And kind of like the Cubs last year, the Mets don't have any clear alternatives.

Is Valverde really worse than Kevin Gregg, who couldn't even get an invite this spring coming off a 33-save season? It hardly seems possible, and yet Gregg, as I noted, saved 33 games last year. It wasn't pretty, but in leagues where saves are scarce, his owners were happy to have him.

I'm just saying Valverde's survival in the role isn't so far-fetched that you should be passing him up for short-term options like Francisco Rodriguez and Sergio Santos -- not if you need him to fill a long-term need. He'd be my last choice for saves, but for the foreseeable future, he's in line to get them. 


Jose Valverde takes over as Mets' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Jose Valverde will be the team's closer in place of the injured Bobby Parnell, who could be out up to six weeks due to an elbow injury.

Mets' late-inning plans with closer sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) The Mets are hopeful closer Bobby Parnell (elbow) will be better in a week or two, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. In the meantime, setup man Jose Valverde will take over as closer, with Kyle Farnsworth, Jeurys Familia and Scott Rice sharing eighth-inning responsibilities.

Jose Valverde likely to replace injured Mets' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) The Mets announced Tuesday closer Bobby Parnell will be sidelined for at least a few weeks due to an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow, which might eventually require surgery. With Parnell sidelined, Jose Valverde is likely to take over as closer.

Valverde had a strong performance in Monday's season opener against the Nationals, tossing a perfect 1 1/3 relief innings, while striking out three.


Jose Valverde could pick up some saves with Mets


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Mets reliever Jose Valverde may get some save opportunities early in the year, according to Newsday.

The club doesn't want to use Bobby Parnell for more than two days in a row early in the season, and would turn to Valverde when Parnell can't go. Parnell has been limited with a neck issue during the spring. Valverde was recently added to the team's 40-man roster, and is expected to serve as a set up man.


Mets add Jose Valverde to 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Mets have added Jose Valverde to the 40-man roster, according to the New York Post

Valverde is expected to serve as the eighth inning set-up man for the club. Bobby Parnell will likely open the season as a closer. Valverde posted a 5.59 ERA in 19 1/3 innings last year.


Jose Valverde could open season as Mets closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Mets closer Bobby Parnell still has not regained velocity on his fastball, and if he isn't ready when the season begins or has trouble early on, the team could turn to Jose Valverde as a closing option in the early-going, the New York Daily News reports.

Valverde has improved significantly after an unimpressive start to the spring, causing one rival evaluator to remark, "They may have found something here." The potential interim closer has surrendered three earned runs on just four hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six.


Jose Valverde not impressing scouts


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/3/2014) The New York Daily News reported on Monday that Mets reliever Jose Valverde has been unimpressive so far this spring. Scouts told the paper that he's only throwing in the mid-80s and -- despite it still being early in spring -- he does not look good. 

"It's not just the velocity," the scout said, "it's that everything is flat."

A Mets official defended Valverde, saying they were happy with how he was throwing, and stressing his veteran influence on the younger players. 

Valverde, 35, had a 5.59 ERA and nine saves with the Tigers in 20 appearances last season. 


Jose Valverde ready to put 2013 season behind him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Mets reliever Jose Valverde is ready to put the 2013 season behind him. Valverde appeared in just 20 games for the Tigers, going 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

"Last year? I don't remember last year," Valverde said, per ESPN. "This year? You tell me this year, I can tell you right now. I worked with my trainer in the Dominican on my sinker. You guys know, when I saved 49 games (in 49 chances in 2011), my sinker I used to throw with movement."

If Bobby Parnell (neck) is healthy by opening day, Valverde could pitch his way onto the roster in a setup role. He's fine with whatever the Mets have in store.

"You know what? I'm here because I want to support the team," Valverde said Sunday. "If one of the guys is the closer, it's fine for me. I want to do my job and support the young kids." 


Jose Valverde signs with Mets


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Mets reliever Jose Valverde has signed a minor-league deal with the club.

Valverde spent last season with the Tigers, but tossed just 19 1/3 innings. He posted a 5.59 ERA. Valverde will attempt to win a job with the club during spring training. Despite his previous experience as a closer, Valverde most likely not a threat to challenge Bobby Parnell for the job. Valverde can make $1 million if he's named to the 25-man roster.


Jose Valverde has not signed with Diamondbacks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Contrary to an earlier report by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, reliever Jose Valverde has not signed with the Diamondbacks. 

Valverde has talked with the club about a potential role, but nothing has been finalized. Valverde had a 5.59 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with the Tigers last season.


Jose Valverde signs with Diamondbacks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Reliever Jose Valverde has signed with the Diamondbacks, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Valverde tossed 19 1/3 innings with the Tigers last season before being released in early August. He posted a 5.59 ERA. His contract with the Diamondbacks is a minor-league deal.


Tigers release Jose Valverde


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) The Tigers announced Wednesday they released reliever Jose Valverde. The veteran right-hander had been pitching for Triple-A Toledo after being designated for assignment in late June.