The New York Mets have signed veteran infielder Jose Valentin to a minor-league contract, and invited him to spring training.
According to some reports, the Stache could make up to $800,000 if he makes the 25-man roster.
The 39-year-old Valentin has been saddled with myriad injuries since sparking the Mets in 2006. His comeback attempt last year was cut short by a pinched nerve in his neck, as well as knee issues.
There doesn’t appear to be any risk involved in this signing, so it’s hard to have a bad word. I’m a huge fan of Valentin, and will be rooting for him all the way. I will admit to pessimism, however, considering the Stache’s age and his health issues — not to mention that in order to make the team, he’ll likely have to beat out either Fernando Tatis or Alex Cora, both of whom have guaranteed, million-dollar contracts. If nothing else, maybe he can join the team as a coach? Anything to keep his winning attitude in the clubhouse.
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