Hardball Talk "Just a couple weeks ago there were actual stories written by mainstream outlets suggesting Jose Valverde was turning heads in Padres camp, which is the sort of thing that makes paying attention to spring training seem silly." April 02
Sandy Alderson announces Jose Valverde released
Detroit News "This time it’s really over. Former closer — make that former superb closer — Jose Valverde has been released by the Tigers. With no coming back this time. Not even to Toledo where Valverde was 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games while waiting for another call from the Tigers that never..." August 08
Detroit News "As he has hundreds of times during his 11-year career, Jose Valverde got the call to warm up. He went through his usual ritual of taking three sips of water and spewing it out in three directions before throwing. Only this time, instead of warming up for an appearance in a major league game,..." July 09
Valverde accepts assignment to @MudHens, Tigers announce.
MLB.com "After manager Jim Leyland announced Thursday that Joaquin Benoit would pitch the ninth inning when "healthy and available," the Tigers designated Jose Valverde for assignment Friday. Valverde has struggled in his last eight outings, allowing 11 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings with two blown saves...." June 21
Leyland: "I'm not naming anybody closer. I'm just saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him."
Detroit Free Press "In April, before Jose Valverde returned, Joaquin Benoit more or less became the Detroit Tigers’ closer when he was available. His assumption of the role didn’t stand out, because the Tigers seldom had save opportunities in those few weeks that Valverde was getting ready in the minors. Today,..." June 20
Detroit News "Nothing’s changed. Jose Valverde went into Friday night’s game as the Tigers closer despite the five home runs he’s allowed his last 51⁄3 innings. Not only that, but manager Jim Leyland reacted to the question of who would close as if it were out of line to ask it. “We’re going to use..." June 15
Detroit News "Last autumn’s bullpen nightmare has revisited the Tigers, who are no doubt wondering if the Jose Valverde experiment is finally, and destructively, history. They lost another brilliantly pitched game Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium when, with two outs in the ninth inning, Valverde hung an 0-2..." June 13
Detroit News "Taking a long-term look at Jose Valverde, at his team, and some tense Tigers fans. Valverde has been back in town six weeks. They have been six nervous weeks for fans who do not trust the Tigers closer to finish a game without some degree of trauma. And yet here are his numbers after he..." June 09
Fox Sports Detroit "He's not worried. His manager's not worried. His teammates are not worried. But nobody makes Tigers fans more worried right now than Jose Valverde. They're far less concerned about Austin Jackson's ailing hamstring than they are about the closer. Valverde came into the ninth inning of..." June 08
Detroit News "Two moments, distanced by two months, came to mind Tuesday as the Tigers and Pirates got ready for a game at Comerica Park. The first occurred in March during a phone call to agent Scott Boras. He knew why the guy from Detroit was ringing. It was about Jose Valverde, one of Boras' high-profile..." May 29
Detroit Free Press "Sensing the approaching rash of criticism, Jim Leyland tried deflecting the attention after Jose Valverde blew his first save in his Detroit Tigers’ renaissance. “We didn’t take advantage of all the runners we had on base,” Leyland said. Nice try, Skip. Even the most scorching bats will..." May 13