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Tigers release Valverde

The Detroit Tigers have unconditionally released former closer Jose Valverde.

The Tigers had designated Valverde for assignment on June 21. He recently accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo, where he picked up seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games.

The 35-year-old reliever appeared in 20 games for the Tigers this season, dropping his lone decision and pitching to a 5.59 earned run average, despite recording nine saves.

In 605 career games with Arizona, Houston and Detroit, Valverde is 26-32 with a 3.19 ERA and 286 saves.