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Tigers Sign Jose Valverde To Minor League Contract

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Detroit Tigers brought back former closer Jose Valverde on Thursday, signing the 35-year-old to a minor league contract.

Valverde spent the past three seasons with the Tigers, saving 110 games, including a league-leading 49 in 2011. But the right-hander was dismal in the playoffs last season, allowing 11 hits, nine runs and two home runs in four post-season appearances.

The three-time All-Star began his major league career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003 before moving on to the Houston Astros in 2008. In his 10-year career, Valverde has 277 saves and 3.11 ERA.

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