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Reds acquire utility man Wilson Valdez from Phillies

Jan 25, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT


Not so long ago Wilson Valdez got all kinds of undeserved credit for the Phillies’ success, but now they’ve traded the light-hitting utility man to the Reds for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has topped 300 plate appearances in each of the past two seasons despite hitting just .254 with a .300 on-base percentage and .351 slugging percentage, but the 34-year-old figures to see much less action in Cincinnati.

Horst made his big-league debut with the Reds last season, appearing in 12 games, but at 26 years old he’s a marginal prospect with middle relief upside. In other words, he’s a fair return for Valdez.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Hmm… it sounds like the Phillies are going to with Michael Martinez as their utility infielder…

    • mox19380 - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      We should assume people are thumbs downing the option of Martinez vs Valdez rather than your comment…

      This is an interesting move considering none of our infielders have had a healthy season since 2009. This should give Freddy Galvis a better chance to be called up in the event of injury BUT it continues the odd trend of the Phillies bulking up on pitching while their offensive remains on the decline (stagnant at best)

      • bjavie - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        RAJ played on those 1990’s teams that always complained they didn’t have the pitching (even in ’93). Now that he controls it, that’s all he cares about.

    • bjavie - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      You mean as their everyday third baseman for 60 games of the year, second baseman for 40 games and shortstop for 20 games. Mark it down – us Phillies fans will look back on 2012 and wonder why the team didn’t do more to get a quality back-up infielder since Mike Martinez is going to get almost a full year’s worth of playing time.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Watch out Cinci, he’s a double play waiting to happen. Pretty good defender though.

  3. rooney24 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Just .254/.301/.351? By the end of last season, that might have placed him in the heart of the Twins lineup. Man, I hope they don’t suck so badly this season…. Spring Training – the time for optimism for every team!!

    • trevorb06 - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Hey hey hey! Come on! My Twins weren’t NEARLY that good last season! 😛

  4. mdpickles - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Utility man doesn’t give this man justice.. He can also pitch too!

  5. professor59 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Can’t hit or run, but plays every position. How did LaRussa not grab this guy?

    Seriously, the Phillies went to several pitchers to pinch-run before him, and could have realistically sent several pitchers up to hit before him, too.

  6. mojosmagic - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Hey Valdez is a great pickup if you need somebody to pitch the 18th inning.

  7. areyesrn - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    not sure of the stats, but I remember him occasionally coming through in the clutch during the regular season…

    • sasquash20 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Your right about that. He has had a few clutch hits the last couple of seasons. Guy is a solid utility guy. Solid fielder, bench bat. I don’t understand why the Phillies made this move. Utley, Polanco, and Rollins have all missed a lot of time the last several seasons. I don’t want to say that they will get hurt but based on the past, one would think that they all will miss time. You need good utility fielders when you have the arms the phillies have. If Martinez has some errors Doc might crush his skull.

  8. illcomm - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    He does have a knack for coming thru in the clutch. most people notice all the DPs he hits into. Solid defender too.

  9. rexadelphia8 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    He’s clutch a lot of times. Your lucky to have him

  10. metalhead65 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    with this deal for yet another “veteran” that dusty loves the young utility guys the reds gave a very brief look at last year can kiss the majors goodbye. Todd Frazier and Chris Valakia we hardly you knew ya.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      yeah, just another Dusty enabler……innings eater takes on a whole new meaning.
      It’s these guys whose innings will be digested. Hopefully if healthy as expected, it won’t be
      at Cozart’s expense as well.

      • metalhead65 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        one of those 2 new will be the starting shortstop the first time cozart has a couple of ofers at the plate. unlike stubbs who strikes out every at bat dusty will sit him and go with the veterans. I am just amazed walt could not find any washed up former cards to fill the role.

  11. xmatt0926x - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    this guy is a double-play machine. You know it’sbad when the announcers, who typically never rip their own teams players, consistently rip him for hitting into double plays. It’s the first thing Sarge Matthews brings up whenever Valdez comes up with a man on 1st. It’s uncanny.

  12. pkswally024 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    He’s got one of the best fielding arms in the game. Check it

  13. threeskis - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Wigginton will play 3rd when Polanco needs a rest or eventually goes to the DL and Martinez will spell Utley and Rollins in the middle IF positions. More valuable than Valdez as he has speed and switch hits.

  14. greymares - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    I smell a new third baseman on the horizon with Polanco backing up 2nd and 3rd and Martinez at short and back-up centerfielder.

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