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Tigers sign Jose Valverde to a minor league deal

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Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Valverde REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Valverde REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

(WKZO) -- The Detroit Tigers have announced on Thursday they are have reached a minor league deal with their former closer Jose Valverde.The righty will head to Lakeland, FL for extended spring training before reporting to Toledo. Dan Dickerson reports via Twitter that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has said this will not be a drawn out process and they will figure out quickly if he can help.  

Valverde led MLB in saves in 2011 with 49 but struggled in 2012 and wasn't resigned during the off-season. In three seasons with Detroit Valverde converted 110 saves in 118 opportunities. 

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