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The Giants lose their Merkin

Jan 20, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

Look kids, a trade:  Reliever Merkin Valdez was just sent to Toronto for cash considerations. The Giants had DFA’d him to make room for Aubrey Huff.

Hard to believe that he’s only 28, because Valdez — who used to go by the name Manny Mateo — feels like he’s been around for years. I mean, the Braves traded him for Russ Ortiz back when people did things like trade for Russ Ortiz, if that tells you anything. Of course he hadn’t even really pitched yet at that point and the only reason his name sticks out to me — either name — is that I’m a Braves fans and there was a time when I obsessed on Braves prospects even more than I do now. Well, yeah, it also sticks out to me because I’m a man who is a fan of both juvenile humor and Stanley Kubrick movies.

And he was a decent prospect once upon a time. He played in the Futures Game between 2003 and 2005. Reportedly still has a live fastball. If he’s going to stick anywhere it’ll be on a team that is willing to try anything, which is more or less what the Blue Jays are these days.

  1. Joe L. - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    One of the all-time great words.

  2. Chuck - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Merkin, eh? I’m starting to feel 15 all over again. I’m guessing that when he was born, he was a hairy kid.

  3. Matt @ Fack Youk - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Lee Corso approves of this trade.
    http://deadspin.com/210837/workin-the-merkin

  4. BG - Jan 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    For those who do not know what “merkin” means (and it does have a legit meaning). It is a wig for a particular part of a woman. (not the head) I mean we ARE taking me back to my youth.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    ‘Course the funniest part of this is why merkins were invented and what they were used for. Hint: it demonstrates metaphorical continuity with right wing talk radio.

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