Jose Valverde to the Detroit Tigers?

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IDecember 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Jose Valverde #47 of the Houston Astros picthes in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 16, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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On Monday, I pondered if Jose Valverde was going to be this year's Orlando Hudson. Just three days later, the number of teams who could potentially be interested in Valverde continues to wane. Two teams I thought could have interest in Valverde seem to have moved in different directions.

At this stage in the game, there does not seem to be a team out there willing to give him the contract he wants, let alone give up a first-round pick for his services.

One of the only teams left with a realistic chance to go after Valverde is the Detroit Tigers, who have now lost both Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon.

But given the Tigers' financial state, does anyone actually think they would pay Valverde more than $5-$6 million in 2010? And would they be willing to surrender their first-round pick?

At some point, though, I think Valverde's price will fall into the range where the Tigers have to make a play for him, despite his type A status (a la Orlando Hudson last season).

This process will take time for Valverde, but if the Tigers actually have money to spend, then they should be the team with which Valverde should look to sign (albeit for a cheap price).