Transaction Blog: Valverde Returns to Detroit

Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. The Tigers have purchased the contract of Jose Valverde and he'll be the latest to be tried in Detroit as the team's closer.


Purchased contract of Jose Valverde (RHP) from Lakeland

Designated Duane Below (LHP) for assignment

Optioned Brayan Villarreal (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Mike Hernandez (OF) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Assigned Zach Kirksey (OF) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Placed Dean Green (1B/DH) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list


The decision to add Valverde straight to the big league club from Lakeland came as a surprise, but the Tigers clearly desire a reliable closer, and after Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit struggled, the Tigers elected to go straight to Valverde and see how the former closer does after showing good velocity and control of his fastball in Lakeland. He received a contract valued at around $2 million with an additional $3 million in incentives. The decision to designate Below is based in the hope that he will be the one most likely to make it through waivers and accept the outright assignment to Toledo.

And yet again, the Flying Tigers injury challenges continue, with Dean Green the latest impacted. To try and compensate for the lost offense, they moved Hernandez up from West Michigan.

Posted by Wez, 04/24/13


Called up Bruce Rondon (RHP) from Toledo

Placed Octavio Dotel (RHP) on 15-day disabled list (elbow inflammation), retroactive to 4/20

Activated Jeff Holm (1B/OF) from 7-day disabled list in West Michigan

Released Matt Perry (3B)


After 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, the Tigers have done arguably what they should have done 4 weeks ago and placed Rondon in the big league bullpen in a middle relief. Rondon was very good again against Triple-A competition, allowing just five singles (one of which a bunt single from Billy Hamilton), with nine strikeouts and just two walks. Some additional development is still needed on his secondary pitches and with his control, but he'll be best serve to make that growth in Detroit against big league competition.

Dotel clearly hadn't been right for a little while now, and getting him some extended rest will be beneficial to all parties.

Posted by Wez, 04/23/13


Placed Danny Worth (SS) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 4/18

Transferred Brandon Douglas (2B) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Jose Valverde from Toledo to Lakeland as of 4/19

Assigned Zach Kirksey (OF) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Transferred Zach Maggard (C ) from Lakeland to Erie

Assigned Luis Sanz (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training


Aside from the roster juggling, the big news here is the move to place Worth on the disabled list after injuring his heel in a game earlier this week. Those looking for a replacement for Ramon Santiago in Detroit will have to wait for Worth to heal, as unless they thought Hernan Perez was ready (he's not), he's the only minor league infielder that is also on the 40-man roster.

Posted by Wez, 04/21/13


Placed Tommy Collier (RHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Slade Smith (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Logan Ehlers (LHP) from extended spring training to West Michigan

Placed Joe Rogers (LHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Nick Avila (RHP) from extended spring training to Lakeland


The injury to Collier necessitates the usual domino effect. No word on Collier's injury, but given the decision to break up the West Michigan rotation so early in the season, this appears to be a move made for an extended period of time - a short term injury that would result in a missed start likely would have meant a spot start from someone in EST instead. No word yet on who will replace Smith in West Michigan.

Posted by Wez, 04/16/13


Placed Jeff Holm (1B/OF) on West Michigan's 7-day disabled list (sprained left ankle)

Transferred David Gonzalez (SS) from extended spring training to West Michigan


At this point in time, losing Holm is a big blow to the Whitecaps offense, as he was leading the way at the plate with a 1.072 OPS. The upside is that the injury doesn't appear to be serious and Holm should return within a couple of weeks.

Gonzalez might get some playing time on the call-up, as Jared Reaves has hit just .226 with six errors in ten games as the ‘Caps everyday shortstop thus far.

Posted by Wez, 04/16/13


Placed Steven Moya (OF) on 7-day disabled list (arm)

Transferred Zach Kirksey (OF) from extended spring training to Lakeland

Placed Luis Marte (RHP) on 7-day disabled list (shoulder)

Transferred Jose Valverde (RHP) from extended spring training to Toledo (UPDATE: Move reversed, Valverde returned to extended spring training)

Activated Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Erie inactive list and transferred to Toledo


The news about Moya is very concerning, as the organization is being very quiet after had to be lifted from a game after taking a hard fall in the outfield. Zach Kirksey will take his spot, but for a player that missed much of last season with an elbow injury, concern about Moya is warranted.

Meanwhile, Marte's shoulder issue (just a sore shoulder, for now), opens up the roster spot for Valverde, however, he won't immediately join the Mud Hens. After a side session on Wednesday, Valverde is scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game on Friday.

Garcia will fill the roster spot in the meantime.

Posted by Wez, 04/12/13

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