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:
New York manager Terry Collins had an interesting response to the news, per Ryan Asselta of Fox 5:
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:
Releasing Valverde wasn't the only decision made by New York on Monday, however, as David Lennon of Newsday reports:
Kevin Burkhardt of SNY provides more details on the replacement for both former Mets:
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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