While the deal for Ryan Madson remains on hold, Amaro decided to sure up the bullpen by inking 33 year old lefty reliever Raul Valdes to a minor league deal. In 2 MLB seasons with the Mets, Cardinals, and Yankees, he has whittled his way through 70.2 innings with a 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. His minor league numbers aren't anymore encouraging- 4.63 ERA/1.47 WHIP.
Antonio Bastardo is currently the only lefty in the Phils bullpen. Joe Savery is an option, but an untested one. Maybe Valdes will slip into the second lefty in the 'pen role. Doubtful he has what it takes to be a LOOGY though, with a .322/.936 slash line allowed to left-handed batters. Yikes! It's likely safe to assume that this is nothing but Triple-A filler and that he'll only appear in a Phillies uniform in case of emergency (see Mike Zagurski, RJ Swindle, and Juan Perez for past examples). Although, he is Cuban, so maybe he was signed to keep Jose Contreras company.
In other news- Rod Barajas became a Phucco today, signing a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.