Diamondbacks, Jose Valverde discussing minor-league deal

Jose Valverde may be returning to the Arizona organization.
Jose Valverde may be returning to the Arizona organization. (USATSI)

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The Diamondbacks have discussed the possibility of giving a minor-league contract to free-agent relief pitcher Jose Valverde, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Valverde is only two seasons removed from a 2011 campaign where he was a perfect 49 for 49 in save chances with a 2.24 ERA. He finished fifth in AL Cy Young voting that season. He started to fall apart late in 2012, however, lost his closing job in the playoffs and hasn't since rediscovered his rhythm.

Last season, the Tigers brought Valverde back in during April with hopes of him re-gaining the closer role. He went 9 for 12 in save chances before the Tigers moved on. On the season, Valverde had a 5.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

Valverde has always had issues with control and now his fastball velocity has dropped about three miles per hour from when he was an ace reliever. He'll be 36 next March.

Obviously this would be a low-risk signing for D-Backs general manager Kevin Towers -- who loves stockpiling relievers -- given that it's a minor-league deal and they traded for closer Addison Reed on Monday.

It also would mark a reunion, as Valverde spent the first five years of his big-league career with Arizona.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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