The Tigers and Jose Valverde have agreed to a two year deal worth 14 million dollars, according to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown. The deal reportedly holds an option for a third year worth 9 million dollars.
Valverde will assume the teams primary closer role with Joel Zumaya, assuming he can stay healthy, being the teams setup man.
This certainly improves the Tigers' bullpen because guys like Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth will have more of a defined role in the bullpen, rather than a closer by committee of sorts. Not only that, but the Tigers have at least eight options for the starting rotation, meaning some of them will be pushed into middle relief roles.
Detroit will lose the 19th overall draft pick to the Astros for signing Valverde, who was a Type-A free agent.