The Detroit Tigers and reliever Jose Valverde reached a deal on a two-year, $14 million contract Tuesday. A $9 million 2012 option is included in the deal. Valverde led the National League in saves in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Valverde was signed to fill the void left by Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon. Rodney went on to sign a two-year, $11 million contract with the Angels while Lyon signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Houston Astros.
One player comparable to Valverde is White Sox reliever J.J. Putz. After the 2009 season, the White Sox and Putz completed a deal for three-years, $13.1 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus.