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Jose Valverde released from Tigers organization

Jose Valverde was given unconditional release by the team on Aug. 7

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Jose Valverde given unconditional release

Finishes Detroit career with 119 saves.

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Valverde eyes return to Detroit in 2-3 weeks

The former Tigers closer spoke about his splitter and returning to Detroit.

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Jose Valverde accepts assignment to minors

Jose Valverde accepted his assignment to the minor leagues and will now pitch for the Toledo Mud Hens.

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Valverde DFA'd

'Papa Grande' Jose Valverde's time in Detroit appears to be over

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Benoit named Tigers closer -- sorta

Jose Valverde will be used when Leyland "sees fit."

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Closer by committee returns to Detroit

With confidence in Jose Valverde giving way, Tigers manager Jim Leyland's going to piece things together as necessary.

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News column: Leyland has a bleeping point

There were a lot of (bleep)s and (expletive deleted)s during Jim Leyland's rant last week. There was also a kernel of truth. Read my take in the News.

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Leyland sticks with Valverde as closer

Jim Leyland still believes that Jose Valverde is the best option to close games for the Tigers.

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World Series winners and their closers

The Tigers have closer issues, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they need to go out and get a "proven closer" to have a shot at a title. Rob looks back at past World Series champions to see how their closer situation took shape.

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I (bleep)ing want Smyly to close

"Smyly? I mean, who the (bleep) do you want me to close with?" -- Leyland. "Yes." -- Me.

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Friday's Links: All Jose Valverde everything

No seriously, there's like 15 stories on Jose Valverde. With a couple others thrown in for good measure. But mostly just Valverde.

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Closer trade talks all quiet, per Dombrowski

Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski appears to give Jose Valverde a sideways vote of confidence, citing a lack of dominant closers and saying talks don't get serious until the trade deadline.

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Jim Leyland knows how to close a game

Leyland is throwing up his hands over closer options, but he should know better

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Leyland: Who the (bleep) should I be closing with?

Jim Leyland responded to critics on the Tigers' closer situation, indicating that he basically doesn't like the alternatives to Jose Valverde. We have a few suggestions for Mr. Leyland.

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Olney: Papelbon could help Tigers

ESPN's Buster Olney suggested the former Red Sox and current Phillies closer as a solution to the Tigers' ninth-inning problems.

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Who's Your Closer?

Find out who you think should close with this simple guide.

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Tigers should look internally for next closer

The Tigers haven't announced any changes to their bullpen yet, but there are a number of in-house options that should be considered.

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Who can save a game for the Tigers?

A review of some in house options.to solve the Tigers closer problem.

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Thursday's Links: The Jose Valverde experiment

It's time to end the Jose Valverde experiment, Max Scherzer's unbeaten record is a testament to the Tigers' starters, and a day in the life of Rod Allen. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Valverde's splits and splitter reveal big issues

Jose Valverde has been a two pitch closer since coming to Detroit in 2010. His split fastball has been his strikeout pitch, but now it's a home run pitch that needs to be avoided.

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A brief history of Detroit's closers

Has the end of the game always been this stressful?

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