Valverde agrees to minor league deal with Padres
JAN 14, 12:18p ET | AP
Rotowire: Apr 29 / 11:06a ET
News: Valverde agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Valverde was released by the Padres early in April despite a strong spring training. He'll likely wind up at Triple-A to begin his tenure with the Nationals, but could work his way into the major league bullpen if he performs well.
StatsLLC: Apr 29 / 12:00a ET
News: The Washington Nationals have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract as an insurance policy for their inconsistent bullpen.
Impact: Valverde, with 288 career saves, last worked as a full-time closer with Detroit in 2012. The right-hander earned two saves last year for the New York Mets but had a 5.66 ERA in 21 games. Washington signed him to a minor league deal last week, but the team did not announce the move.