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Tigers, Valverde finalize contract

Updated: January 19, 2010, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are hoping "Papa Grande" comes up big for them this season.

Jose Valverde, all 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds of him, joined the Tigers as their closer after a $14 million, two-year contract was finalized on Tuesday.

The agreement, which was reached last week pending a physical, includes a $9 million option for 2012.

Valverde had 25 saves in 29 chances for the Houston Astros last year, when he struck out 56 in 54 innings and limited opponents to ...

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