After providing stellar defense and hitting .256 through 41 games as a replacement shortstop / utilityman for the Mets, Wilson Valdez was not re-signed and given the chance to test the market.
It didn’t take long for Valdez to find a taker — he’s been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a minor-league contract.
I’m not going to lose sleep over the loss of Valdez, but he did seem like a nice option to stash in AAA. He has a cannon for an arm and a sure glove. It also is somewhat discomforting that he’s now a Phillie.
What is more disturbing — and something I might lose some sleep over — is the rumor that the Phillies are targeting Adrian Beltre. While it’s true that Beltre hasn’t approached his 48-HR season since
PEDs testing became mandatory leaving LA, he is both an offensive and defensive upgrade over Pedro Feliz. Plus, I can easily see him hitting 25-30 HRs playing half his games at Citzens Bank Park.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.