Tigers, Valverde finalize contract
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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