When most Detroit Tigers fans read that headline the bile rose in their throats a little bit well really a lot. How can Jim Leyland think bringing back the big potato is a good idea? This is hwy his entire time in Detroit his moves and wisdom have been questioned. This is insanity. Jose Valverde cannot come back to this team after flaming out in the playoffs last fall. The wounds from those performances are still too fresh, and it seems interesting that Leyland wants Valverde as a safety net when he used him so sparingly after a flame out in Oakland in last year’s ALDS.
Let us not forget that his post season ERA from 2012 was 30.38 and no that is not a typo.
While most baseball fans understand the regular season is a marathon and having a plethora of healthy arms in the bull pen (as well as in the starting rotation) is generally a great idea. However, there has got to be some guy who is not going to make a Major League staff that would be a better safety net than Jose Valverde. Leyland has long been far too loyal to his players (everyone remembers Brandon Inge right? Ryan Rayburn? We could go on).
It seems bringing back Valverde would be a huge blow to the morale of the Tigers fan base. This is not the year the Tigers should be sticking by their guys, or conducting themselves in a business as usual kind of way. Before this payroll gets ugly it is time to go win a World Series title. Heck for Leyland it is time to simply win his second World Series game as skipper of the Tigers.
He says a lot about what the 29 other MLB teams think of Valverde as he is currently with out a deal with any of them. In fact he is pitching in the World Baseball classic to latch on to a team some where. That is not the kind of signing a team on the cusp of winning a World Series makes.
In 1984 the Tigers pulled the trigger on a trade that brought Willie Hernandez to town. All he did was win the AL MVP and CY Young awards while helping to carry the team to a World Series title that season. That is the kind of move Dave Dombrowski should be trying to make, not letting Leyland talk him into bring back the big potato.