Valverde posted a 2-4 record, 2.24 ERA (72.1IP/18ER), 49 saves and 69 strikeouts in 75 outings for the Tigers during the 2011 season. He established a Tigers single-season record with his American League leading 49 saves. Valverde joined Todd Jones (42 saves in 2000) as the only two pitchers in franchise history to register 40-or-more saves during a single season.
He was selected the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year in 2011, an honor that recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
|Jose Valverde will be back with the Tigers in 2012. |
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Signed by the Tigers as a free agent on January 26, 2010, Valverde has been selected to the American League’s all-star squad in both of his seasons with the club (2010-11). He has appeared in 135 games during his two seasons with the Tigers, posting a 4-8 record, 2.59 ERA (135.1IP/39ER), 75 saves and 132 strikeouts.
Valverde has appeared in 514 games over the course of nine seasons at the major league level with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2003-07), Houston Astros (2008-09) and Tigers (2010-11). He is 23-27 with a 3.02 ERA (521.1IP/175ER), 242 saves and 602 strikeouts during his major league career.