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


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.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. fabricio says:

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

  2. aluis says:

    April Fools was several weeks ago!

  3. ROBTEN says:

    Sweeny Murti tweeted:

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


    Could it be the hand of Randy Levine?

  4. aluis says:

    Come on Arpil Fools was several weeks ago!

  5. FIPster Doofus says:


  6. gageagainstthemachine says:

    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.

  7. Cuso says:

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

  8. trr says:

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

  9. vicki says:

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

  10. neo says:

    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.

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  12. Vern Sneaker says:

    How silly. The stuff that gets out there.

  13. Greg says:

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

  14. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    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.

  15. Swing Batter Swing says:

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

  16. Big Member says:

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

    • Preston says:

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

  17. jtb says:

    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.

Leave a Reply

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

If this is your first time commenting on River Ave. Blues, please review the RAB Commenter Guidelines. Login for commenting features. Register for RAB.