Valverde agrees to minor league deal with Padres
JAN 14, 12:18p ET | AP
Rotowire: Apr 2 / 8:12a ET
News: Valverde has opted out of his minor league contract and was granted his release by the Padres on Thursday, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Impact: Valverde limited opponents to a .222 batting average this spring, but it wasn't quite enough to earn a roster spot after entering camp as a non-roster invite. The 37-year-old reliever may have another season or two of ball left in him, but he'll likely have to accept a team-friendly deal to keep his career afloat.
StatsLLC: Apr 2 / 12:00a ET
News: Valverde has been granted his release from the San Diego Padres after the team informed the right-hander he wouldn't make the opening-day roster.
Impact: The 37-year-old Valverde was packing up his belongings Thursday morning and said he would return to his native Dominican Republic. The three-time All-Star is hopeful he'll get an offer from another team soon. A non-roster invite, he posted a 4.15 ERA with eight strikeouts and one walk in nine spring appearances with San Diego.
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 4:59p ET
News: Valverde struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against Colorado.
Impact: San Diego took a flier on the veteran closer this offseason and Valverde is battling for a roster spot. According to MLB.com's Corey Brock, Valverde has impressed the Padres' coaching staff this spring. It's still no guarantee that he'll make the big league roster out of camp, however.