New York Mets release Jose Valverde within an hour of latest implosion
You wonder how many more teams will play Jose Valverde roulette and lose. The Detroit Tigers paid the price with a World Series loss (I mean there were other factors, but relief was a big part). The New York Mets seemed to reach the end of their rope on Memorial Day, as “Papa Grande” served up nothing but fat pitches to the Pittsburgh Pirates in coughing up 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning, with 4 hits and a walk.
You wonder how much of this was knee-jerk for the cellar-dwelling Mets, it was only Valverde’s second blown save of the season (first in a month-and-a-half) and 10 of his past 14 appearances had been spotless in the run column. Valverde, 36, has led the league in saves three separate times (for three teams) and even clocked two top 6 Cy Young Award finishes, three All-Star appearances, and two Top 25 MVP vote finishes (via Baseball-Reference.com). Of course, that was well before his recent struggles in Detroit and now New York. You wonder if any other teams will come calling. Although if they watch today’s performance, they might just look for what’s behind door number 2.
– David Whitlock