Jose Valverde: This Winter’s Orlando Hudson?

Posted: 21st December 2009 by Josh Levitt in MLB
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á Am I alone in thinking that Jose Valverde, considered to be one of the best closers on the open market, might wind up signing a contract for less than what Brandon Lyon recieved? We'll see. But for now, Ken Rosenthal outlines the problems facing Valverde's free agency:
No, ValverdeÆs problem is that he is a Type A free agent who rejected his teamÆs offer of salary arbitration. His decision, in part, was fueled by emotion; Valverde, one friend said, was upset with the Astros for declining to sign him long-term.

Thus, he made a personal decision, if notùperhapsùthe best business move.

Valverde, a right-hander coming off an $8 million salary, would have shot past $10 million in arbitration, though on a non-guaranteed, one-year deal. Now, any team that signs him ...

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