There are reports that the Marlins are close to signing reliever Jose Valverde to a one year deal – not so fast.
Clark Spencer reports that this is most likely a Scott Boras trick, trying to drive up his client’s value. Besides, the Marlins and Boras very rarely ever do business (see Ivan Rodriguez post 2003 season).
While there has been contact there hasn’t been any real discussions about signing him quite yet. Not to mention, internally the Marlins’ brass is high on Steve Cishek’s continued development at the backend of the bullpen. He is currently slated to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Getting Valverde would provide insurance, but the price may not be anywhere in the Marlins’ neighborhood at this point.
Valverde is also coming off a down year in 2012. His K’s per 9 IP went down to 6.3 and although he had 3.78 ERA with 35 saves, he did appear in 67 games last season.