Following another poor outing during Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jose Valverde has been released by the New York Mets.
The Mets' official Twitter account reported the news:
We've released Jose Valverde.— New York Mets (@Mets) May 26, 2014
New York manager Terry Collins had an interesting response to the news, per Ryan Asselta of Fox 5:
Terry Collins.. " we just released one of the most professional players Ive ever been around in Valverde. S%*t happens!" #Mets— RyanAsselta (@RyanAsselta) May 26, 2014
Valverde entered Monday with just two saves on the season, a 4.05 ERA and 23 strikeouts while allowing four home runs. During his final appearance, Valverde surrendered another four earned runs in a 5-3 loss, costing rookie starter Jacob deGrom a win after a stellar 6.2 scoreless innings.
Adam Rubin of ESPN provides his thoughts on Valverde getting a chance to play this season:
I've seen managers purposely use players they have no use for to send GM a message. Not saying case here, but wouldn't be 1st time.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 26, 2014
Jose Valverde getting the treatment that used to be reserved for Armando Benitez.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 26, 2014
Releasing Valverde wasn't the only decision made by New York on Monday, however, as David Lennon of Newsday reports:
#Mets start shake up this afternoon by firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and releasing Jose Valverde.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) May 26, 2014
Kevin Burkhardt of SNY provides more details on the replacement for both former Mets:
Vic Black will replace Valverde in the pen.— Kevin Burkhardt (@kevinburkhardt) May 26, 2014
Dave Hudgens OUT as hitting coach....Lamar Johnson the new hitting coach.— Kevin Burkhardt (@kevinburkhardt) May 26, 2014
Will Valverde find a new home as a reliever this season?
The offense clearly wasn't working either as hitting coach Dave Hudgens was shown the door. At 22-28, the team is slowly falling out of the race for the NL East and is in need of major repair on both ends.
With a bullpen that still consists of Jenrry Mejia, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jeurys Familia, the Mets likely aren't a team built to win with their bullpen. But with options to replace the departed "Papa Grande," New York will be able to move forward without the reliever.
As for Valverde, the former Detroit Tigers closer will once again be in search of a team that needs his services. Though he likely won't be a closer for any team after falling off over the last two seasons, he might add depth to a roster with injured relievers later in the season.
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