Tigers release Jose Valverde

The Detroit Tigers released former closer Jose Valverde on Wednesday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Valverde has been pitching in Triple-A Toledo since June after losing his closer role with the Tigers.

Valverde had 119 saves in 130 opportunities during  four seasons with the Tigers. His best season came in 2011 when he was 49 for 49 in save opportunities and helped the Tigers go to the Americn League Championship Series. However, they lost to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS.

In the 2012 postseason, Valverde gave up nine runs in 2.2 innings pitched, and the Tigers decided to not sign him during the offseason. The Tigers brought Valverde back in April when he signed a minor league contract, according to CBS Sports.

He went 9 for 12 in save opportunities for the Tigers in 2013, but he had a high ERA of 5.59. Valverde gave up four runs on five hits in one inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last outing with the club on June 19. Valverde was designated for assignment on June 22.

With Triple-A Toledo, Valverde saved seven games with a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings.

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