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Detroit Tigers DFA reliever Jose Valverde

06/21/2013 7:12 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz
The Detroit Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment on Friday, ending his tumultuous second tenure with the team.

The 35-year-old appeared in 20 games and went 9-for-12 in save opportunities, posting a 5.59 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in the process.

Valverde had struggled mightily over the last three weeks. His ERA in June was a lofty 9.45 in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four home runs and opposing batters were hitting .355 against him.

Valverde saved 110 games for the Tigers from 2010-12, but he became a free agent last winter and was not re-signed. Valverde went unsigned until April 4, when the Tigers offered him a Minor League deal. He returned to the Majors less than three weeks later.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Joaquin Benoit would take over a majority of the closing duties in the interim. The team recalled Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo to fill the vacant spot in the bullpen.

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