With Rafael Soriano signing and dropping off the free agent market radar, Jose Valverde could see interest increase rapidly. At least that is what his agent, Scott Boras, is thinking. Boras, who also represents Soriano, believes Valverde still has some solid innings left in him, but the closer was used over the last two seasons.
According to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press, Boras believe Valverde will command some offers and teams will understand that last season was an anomaly based on how much he was used. The Tigers' closer took a step back in 2012 after a fantastic 2011 season.
"Closers normally have anywhere from 58 to 62 appearances and Valverde's just had two years where he was used a lot," Boras said. "It was a very unusual year this year, because he had so many non-save situations. He had like 31 of them, which normally they only have 17 or 18. So, it was a very unusual year."Valverde has the stuff to be a team's closer or set-up man. He has pitched in 585 games in his 10-year Major League career. In that time, Valverde has racked up 277 saves and posted a 3.11 ERA. He admitted to getting fatigued last season which likely contributed to some of his poor performances. He posted a 3.78 ERA last year - the second-highest of his career.