Jordany Valdespin (Baron)

Marlins, Jordany Valdespin agree to minors deal

The Marlins have signed free-agent infielder Jordany Valdespin to a minor league contract (Frisaro, Dec. 20).

Valdespin did not receive an invitation to major league spring training.

The Mets non-tendered Valdespin in early December – he hit .188 with a .250 OBP and .316 SLG, four home runs and 16 RBI in 144 plate appearances in 2013.

Valdespin served a 50 game suspension for a PED violation as part of the biogenesis scandal in August.

136 comments
William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Signed by the Marlins...to a minor league contract? The Marlins?!?! Really proves how overrated he was for the Mets.

crash
crash

His first AB against the Mets should be interesting.

dexx
dexx

Valdespin has talent, but he is very immature. That being said, if Terry would've taken this kid under his wing as a father figure instead of publicly chastizing him, he may have blossomed.  Collins had his own player beaned. Put him in to PH in the 5th inning to get beaned. That wasnt rightt. Terry also benched him for 3 weeks, and then started him against LHP Chris Sale, a lefty on lefty matchup. Say what you will about Valdy. Yes hes immature, but Collins handled the situation about as immaturly as Valdy did, maybe more.

CJM
CJM

Valdy will be an all star. The Mets really screwed the pooch by letting him go. Damn shame.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Montero and a lesser pitching prospect for Chris Owings.

Owings SS

C. Young RF

Granderson LF

Wright 3B

Murphy 2B

Flores 1B

d'Arnaud C

Lagares CF

If Flores needs work at 1B, he starts the season in AAA and the Duda or Ike / Satin platoon fills the 6th spot in the order. Murphy and Young have similar OBP, and Young has more speed, so I'd hit Young 2nd. Also, I think Murphy could drive in 90 to 100 runs from the 5 spot.

Nate Olshan
Nate Olshan

5-Team Trade

Mets: Joc Pederson CF, Allen Henson SS, George Springer 1B, and Hendeson Alvarez LHP

Dodgers: Kevin Plawecki C, Jacob DeGrom SP

Pirates: Ike Davis 1B, Dillon Gee SP, and Brandon League CL

Marlins: Gavin Cechinni 2B, and Jonathan Villar 3B

Astros: Rafael Montero SP, Juan Lagares CF, and Nathan Eovaldi RHP

Hodges14
Hodges14

Guess that's the price you pay for being an immature, low IQ, PED using loser.  Banished to the Marlins farm system with no invite to ST.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

What happened to the Beltran post? Did someone get in trouble for posting it? It just disappeared.

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

It's amazing to me that a player of Valdespin's caliber - meaning not very good - can incite these kind of responses whether you are for or against him. Outside of a couple of pinch hit home runs, he did very little here except run his mouth. He will have a few good moments with the Marlins I'm sure, but my guess is he's out of baseball in a couple of years working 9 to 5 like the rest of us. Knowing him, he will probably show up the first day of training camp wearing a Phillies cap...

dave27a
dave27a

Loser player, loser organization. Match made in heaven.

His best bet would have been to go to an AL team and put his experience here behind him, but true to his clown core you know he chose Miami because he thinks he is going to show the Mets up.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

who cares about this "never has been" we should be talking about trading both Davis and Duda freeing up money and signing Stephen Drew!

metsstrong
metsstrong

@bcleveland

Are you ok? You're acting like you've a personal issue with him. If it didn't work for him here, let him continue somewhere else. I personally think he's gonna be better some of us think, but not as good as others think also.

Anthony Perrone
Anthony Perrone

When asked for a comment, Jordany simply replied, "I am the Marlin".

trevordunn
trevordunn

the people who badmouth JV and say he is a fringe player...Remember the Mets give countless jobs to fringe players (Satin, Duda, Baxter, Turner etc)

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

Figures...now I know Valdespin will be a star ,the Marlins know talent and how to develop it,this organizations does not ..

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

You just know he's gonna be a Met killer especially with that organization.

mojorisin
mojorisin

I always liked JV, but never thought he'd be a superstar or anything. Yeah he did some foolish things, and acted a bit strange at times. I could just never understand why TC was allowed to screw with this guy so much. He'd have a good game and then we wouldn't see him for a week, or because he hit a few clutch HR's he'd be labeled as a late game PH only. TC never let him play enough to get comfortable. He had one terrible game at SS, and was never given another chance there. I also thought he played a decent OF for not having much experience. I'm glad he blew up on Terry, F Terry ! Yeah, obviously JV is an easy target for dislike, but Baxter and Turner can get all the Innings and AB's Terry desires even after their suck-itude is known to everyone.

Zach14
Zach14

I still don't understand why everyone hated this guy. He was great in spring training for a few years, and had some potential. He has passion and its obvious.

Jaime
Jaime

I still liked Valdespin.  I think he has potential.  I would have liked to see him at SS last year or hell, THIS YEAR!  I feel the inconsistent playing time did him in. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

I have nothing personal against the guy, I just thought all the people on this blog who were calling for Terry's head because he wouldn't play some scrub fringe AAA guy everyday were being ridiculous and annoying. 

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

@crashtoo bad it could be against Harvey and see him put on his back!

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Our biggest need, IMO, is SS and lead off hitter. Owings can do both.

Former MetBlogger
Former MetBlogger

@Nate Olshan Are these guys trading or playing poker?


Seriously though - the Astros aren't giving up George Springer without getting a Syndergaard or Wheeler type within the return.  That's a pipe dream and makes no sense for them.


The Dodgers aren't giving up Joc Pederson, who is a top 50 prospect, for two guys who aren't in most top 100's.  That makes no sense for them, and believe it or not - they are a pretty smart organization these days when it comes to prospects and scouting.


I would file this under "Try Again."

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

That's a lot of work for a Saturday morning. I like Joc Pederson, but can he play a good defensive CF?

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

The Marlins have as many championships as the Mets in a shorter time. So the "loser organization" comment rings a bit hollow.

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

@metsstronghe's still going to suck and have an attitude problem, thank God he isnt our problem anymore!

nolrog
nolrog

@trevordunn And the Mets have also suffered through 5 consecutive losing seasons.  Hmmmm.

hlow24
hlow24

@trevordunn and thats a good reason to keep him around why?  Add being fringe with a bad atittude and you have the exit door 

thomas
thomas

@trevordunn Yes, but he's also an egotistical spoiled brat at best.

Sean Lilly
Sean Lilly

@trevordunnNo.

I said no.

I don't care what you think of any manager, Terry or any of the other 29, nothing and I mean flat NOTHING makes it okay to barge into your manager's office and call him vile names.  You don't like Terry, fine. You want him fired, fine.   Being someone that someone else thinks is a lousy manager doesn't suddenly change the rules of behavior for everyone. 

Oh well Terry stinks as a manager, so therefore it is now virtuous for his players to scream curses in his face.

No.

Gland1
Gland1

Another dumb comment from Metropolitan.

Gland1
Gland1

I don't know that at all.

lindro88
lindro88

Those Spring Training games are quite exciting.

lindro88
lindro88

Shortstop? Lol. Do you remember him at SS. JV's terrible attitude, and lack of production did him in. He got his chance last year when Murphy was hurt. It was just a few weeks, big he did less than nothing. Good riddance.

flushed
flushed

Anything that anyone says everyday is annoying, that doesn't change the fact that he was mishandled and pigeonholed and we didn't get all the production we could/should have. My father who was an amazing teacher always said anyone can teach kids who are easy to teach...as long as you are vanilla old man Collins will "get the most out of ya".

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

@Olerud42 Yeah because in game 162 of the season the Andres Torres of the world starting is a smart strategy for a "rebuilding" organization.

thomas
thomas

@Brian Webster The only time he ever was or will be a Met killer was during his tenure as a Met.

Former MetBlogger
Former MetBlogger

@lindro88 Lol.  You can say that he had a sucky attitude, or that he was a bad SS.  That's one thing.  


But to say he was "given a chance" is patently false.  He had 5-6 games in a row of starting at a position and then was relegated back to TC's netherworld.  Right or wrong in your mind - that's even smaller than small sample size, and is not "a chance" by any stretch.  Even a month straight worth of games is on the low side.  Guys like Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, etc. - that's getting "a chance."  JV1 most certainly didn't get a chance and was never getting a chance on TC's team. 

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Zach Ripple Not really. Every minor league club is going to have some fringe roster filling non-prospects

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

To be fair, that says more about where the state of the Mets' farm system was than it does about the ability of Valdespin.

lindro88
lindro88

It isn't. Same thing people were saying about Byrd. Remember the outrage on this site that he was taking up valuable playing time from guys like Captain Kirk. People think young means prospect.

lindro88
lindro88

Phillip Humber was our #1 prospect at one point. So was Lastings Milledge. So was Mike Pelfrey. See a trend here. Those lists mean nothing.

r04supratt
r04supratt

So if a minor leaguer is not a top overall prospect he should just be benched and never given a true chance in favor of a one year wonder like Torres? Post less.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Goorru®Mets @Olerud42 That's essentially meaningless to me. What matters is where you are ranked overall. If the Mets only have two or 3 great prospects, the rest of the top ten list is basically filler garbage.