Blue Jays Acquire Merkin Valdez

The Blue Jays acquired pitcher Merkin Valdez from the Giants for cash considerations, reports's Mychael UrbanValdez was designated for assignment on January 14th to make room for Aubrey Huff.

Valdez, 28, posted a 5.66 ERA, 6.9 K/9, and 5.1 BB/9 in 49.3 innings for the Giants last year.  He throws in the mid-90s and was ranked among the top 60 prospects in baseball before October '06 Tommy John surgery.

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