Update: Yankees didn’t offer Jose Valverde a contract this winter

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7:38pm: “False false false,” said Brian Cashman to reporters when asked about the report this afternoon. He confirmed the Yankees never had talks with Valverde’s camp and they didn’t offer him even a minor league contract. Shouldn’t lie about stuff like that Jose, it’s unbecoming.

5:15pm: Via Jon Morosi: Right-hander Jose Valverde said the Yankees were one of two teams to offer him a guaranteed Major League contract this past offseason. The Mets were the other. He eventually took a minor league deal from the Tigers and was added to the roster just yesterday.

Valverde, 35, pitched to 3.78 ERA (3.62 FIP) in 69 innings for Detroit last summer, but he was dreadful down the stretch and basically unusable in the postseason. His velocity, strikeout rate, and ground ball have all been trending in the wrong direction for a few years now, which is hardly ideal. I wonder if the Yankees made the offer late in the offseason, but pulled it after acquiring Shawn Kelley on the second day of Spring Training. Still seems very much unlike them to offer someone like Valverde a big league deal.

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  • fabricio

    i would not be able to see him in a yankee uniform with his nasty gut

    • trr

      Please allow me to fix:
      he would not be able to fit in a yankee uniform with his nasty gut

  • aluis

    April Fools was several weeks ago!

  • ROBTEN

    Sweeny Murti tweeted:

    Actual quote from Cashman was “False false false,” adding that Yanks never had discussions with Valverde.

    https://twitter.com/YankeesWFAN/status/327171246049599489

    Could it be the hand of Randy Levine?

    • lightSABR

      Thank heavens. YUCK.

    • Gonzo

      After Soriano’s deal, every reliever makes a call to ole Randy.

    • Steve (different one)

      Here is why I believe Cash:

      If Valverde had guaranteed contract offers, why didn’t he take them??

      Seems simple.

  • aluis

    Come on Arpil Fools was several weeks ago!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Puke.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    That guy isn’t fit to wash his face with any of the current Yankees’ jockstraps…let alone put on the pinstripes himself and call them teammates.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Jon Morosi reporting doesn’t surprise me in the least. Another Red Sox fan/disinformation junkie.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Yeah. Morosi is hot garbage.

  • trr

    doesn’t nmake sense that he’d turn down a gauranteed ML contract for a minor league deal. I call bullshit!

  • vicki

    he’s where he belongs, composing detroit’s achilles heel. welcome back, grande.

  • neo

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN just tweeted: For clarity’s sake: Yankees GM Brian Cashman says his team didn’t make Valverde even a minor-league offer.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Would have been hilarious just to read the comments on here had it happened.

    Can’t imagine him being a good middle relief option, though. Just a big name.

  • Vern Sneaker

    How silly. The stuff that gets out there.

  • Greg

    can he hit? can he play the OF? If not, who cares.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      According to espn, he does indeed bat right-handed so there’s that.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    The Yankees seem to value character almost as much as talent.

    Since Valverde has neither, I can’t see even that buffoon Levine offering him a ML deal.

  • Swing Batter Swing

    Ah, the key part of the story is they didn’t offer him a baseball contract but a contract to be manager of concessions…

  • Big Member

    valverde recieved an offer from a new york team. the long island ducks needed a closer.

    • Preston

      The LI Ducks GM has also released a statement saying that they did not offer or have any interest in Jose Valverde.

  • jtb

    Its false because Brian Cashman says so? This is coming from an adulterer and liar himself. How interesting coming the news media….this garbage really gets old.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Lol, oh you.

    • jjyank

      I trust Cashman saying that they didn’t contact him over Morosi. What reason would he have to lie about something like that?

      • jsbrendog

        cause he was in a shitty marriage and made a mistake by sleeping with another woman, DUH!!!!