According to Ken Davidoff, the Mets have not ruled out signing former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde. While his showmanship at the end of games might rub some people the wrong way, Valverde's been a good, if overrated, pitcher for the past few years. He got a lot of attention in 2011 for racking up 49 saves without blowing any, but his peripherals — his 11.3 perecent walk rate, specifically — suggested he wasn't quite as good as the saves made him look. He was indeed worse in 2012, but his strikeout rate took a nosedive as he posted a 3.78 ERA and 3.62 FIP for the year. As a pitcher with a high-strikeout, high-walk track record, Valverde can hardly afford to lose his strikeouts. But the strikeout dip would perhaps be more alarming if his average fastball velocity had fallen off a cliff, and it did not.
Jose Valverde Remains An Option For Mets Bullpen
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