Monday, September 7, 2009

Valverde to test free agency

Bye bye Papa Grande.

Jose Valverde plans to test the free agent market in the off-season, though he is open to returning to Houston. He's even open to going to the Cubs - which, in a funny way, is a shot at Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol. Don't believe me?

I want to come back," said Valverde, who led the National League in saves in 2007 with the D-backs and '08 with the Astros. "This is a good team and a good city, too. The thing is I have to have the season over first and check out what happens. There are other teams, too, that need closers other than Houston, like Chicago [Cubs]. I have to check the market and see what happens. Do I want to come back here? Yeah, I want to come back," Valverde said. "It's nice here."

The Cubs arguably have two closers. This makes me wonder if the Cubs haven't already said something. Regardless, I highly doubt the Astros offer him the cash that it would take to resign him. Now, arbitration? That's a discussion for tomorrow.