Valverde agrees to minor league deal with Padres
JAN 14, 12:18p ET | AP
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.
StatsLLC: Jan 13 / 12:00a ET
News: Valverde has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.
Impact: Valverde, who turns 37 on March 24, was most recently with the New York Mets, making 21 appearances before he was released May 26. He had a 5.66 ERA in 20 2-3 innings. Valverde also has pitched with Arizona, Houston and Detroit. He has a 3.27 career ERA, 288 saves and a 27-33 record.
Rotowire: Jan 10 / 4:25p ET
News: Valverde has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.
Impact: Barring a return to form and a series of unfortunate events in the San Diego bullpen, Valverde isn't going to close or even set the table this season. He hasn't had an ERA below 5.00 since 2012 and would have to light up spring training to see the majors any time soon.