Jun 30, 2012

Former Mets Infielder: Wilson Valdez (2009)

Wilson Antonio Valdez was born May 20th, 1978 in Nizao Peravia Dominican Republic. The five foot eleven infielder was originally signed by the Montreal Expos in 1997. After six minor league seasons and some moving to various organizations, he got a call up with the 2004 Chicago Whites Sox. He was placed on waivers & picked up by the New York Mets but was quickly traded to Seattle.
He saw action in 42 games batting just .198 & then was traded to the San Diego Padres. He briefly ended up with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, then went on to Pitch in Korea for 2008. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians but was purchased by the New York Mets in May 2009.

Valdez debuted with the Mets on May 27th 2009 as a pinch hitter going 0-1 in a game against the Washington Nationals. On June 1st he tripled & doubled driving in three runs in a Mets 8-5 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. At the end of July he was batting .244 & was sent down to the minor leagues until late August. When he returned he saw a lot of September action, playing in 22 games that month.

On the year he played in 41 Mets games, (32 at short stop, two in the outfield, one at second & one at third) batting .256 with no HRs seven RBIs & a .326 on base %. After the season he signed on a as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies where he spent two seasons as a utility player.

In 2010 he played in 111 games batting .258 with 4 HRs & 35 RBIs. In the post season he appeared in three games going 1-3 in both the NLDS & NLCS. In 2012 he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

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