4 Reasons Detroit Tigers Must Replace Jose Valverde This Offseason

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4 Reasons Detroit Tigers Must Replace Jose Valverde This Offseason
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Jose Valverde is set to become a free agent in 2013, potentially ending a three-year stint with the Tigers.

Jose Valverde has been the creator of countless memories while closing out victories in a Detroit Tigers uniform, but it's now his time in the Motor City that needs to come to a close. 

With the Tigers headed to their second World Series in the last seven seasons, it may seem a bit premature to begin discussing potential offseason transactions. 

But hey, we've got a little time to burn before Wednesday's kickoff of the October Classic.

Valverde is set to become a free agent in 2013, and his recent struggles in the 2012 postseason serve as only a portion of the evidence suggesting that his time in the D is up. 

After a year of perfection in 2011 (49-for-49 converting saves), it seemed like a no-brainer for the Tigers to pick up his $9 million contract option for 2012. Few complaints were made when the team brought back their energetic closer who, despite issues in non-save situations, could do no wrong with the game on the line. 

It's not easy arguing with perfection, but perhaps there were some statistical trends developing that were forecasting a down year for Valverde, who saw his ERA rise from 2.24 in 2011 to 3.78 in 2012. 

Regardless of whether or not he contributes in the upcoming Fall Classic, here are four reasons the Tigers can't sensibly offer the pricey closer a contract to remain in Detroit for 2013.

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