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Padres sign Jose Valverde

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Jose Valverde #47 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on April 19, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Tha Braves defeated the Mets 7-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Padres have signed reliever Jose Valverde. It’s presumably a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Valverde, who turns 37 in March, posted a 5.66 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings with the Mets last season before being released in late May. It’s easy to forget this, but he actually served as New York’s closer for a stretch after Bobby Parnell’s Tommy John surgery and went 2-for-4 in save opportunities. The Mets turned to Jenrry Mejia after Valverde’s release and the bullpen actually became a strength as the year moved along.

Valverde is unlikely to be trusted with a late-inning role again, but the Padres are at least willing to see if he has anything left in the tank.

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