UPDATE, 1-16-08 at 9:06am: Mark Hale of the New York Post quotes Valentin’s agent saying he has a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite with the Mets. He can earn $1MM if he makes the club. The Mets haven’t confirmed this yet.
FROM 1-8-08 at 2:57pm:
El Nuevo Dia is reporting that infielder Jose Valentin is close to re-signing with the Mets. He talked to several teams, but decided to take a nonguaranteed backup role with New York.
A few months ago, MLB.com’s Marty Noble suggested the Mets would only re-sign Valentin if he was able to play the outfield. Valentin dealt with a partially torn ACL and fractured tibia in ’07, and hopes to be 100% in February.