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Mets release RHP Jose Valverde, fire hitting coach Dave Hudgens

Jose Valverde had a 5.66 ERA in 21 appearances for the Mets this season. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Jose Valverde had a 5.66 ERA in 21 appearances for the Mets this season. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Mets made two moves after Monday's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, releasing pitcher Jose Valverde and firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens, according to tweets from the team.

Valerde, a 36-year-old three-time All-Star, had posted a 5.66 ERA in 21 appearances. New York signed Valerde to a minor league deal in February after the Tigers designated him for assignment.

Hudgens, the Mets' hitting coach, will be replaced by Lamar Johnson, the team's minor league hitting coordinator, according to the Mets.

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