Thursday, November 10, 2011

2nd Lefty- Raul Valdes?

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.

9 comments:

Bob D said...

Savery has edge for now. Valdez is AAA filler, especially since DeFrautus, Aumont, and Schwimmer all have good chances to make the Phils roster out of spring training.
I expect there will be several more pick ups like Valdez to yet come. They will pick up AAA filler for C, IF/SS, RHP, and OF.

GM-Carson said...

I'm working on a list of minor league free agents that will be good filler.

SherryW said...

REALLY? they should of just picked up Moyer.

Jeremy said...

I would like to take this opportunity to say Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Today God's beloved Corps turns 236. Ironically this organization of class and ass whooping was founded in a bar (Tunn Tavern) in downtown Philly in 1775. Here's to the Corps and the 2012 Phils.

SirAlden said...

hillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the club never agreed to terms on a contract with closer Ryan
"unequivocally false"

Good.

Madson, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. Amaro categorized the rumored four-year, $44MM contract as "unequivocally false," reports Stark (Twitter links).

The Phils are interested in Jonathan Papelbon, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com, so if talks with Madson don't work out, Pap may be their new target.

SirAlden said...

Semper Fi!

GM-Carson said...

Closers are so overrated. $10M+ for 60-70 innings a season. Dumb.

Jeremy said...

SirAlden, did you serve?

Randy said...

What about Wilson Valdez working out of the pen?! A proven big league arm.