Merkin Valdez Designated For Assignment

Reliever Merkin Valdez was designated for assignment today to make room for Aubrey Huff, writes John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.  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. 

With a 95.5 mph average fastball, someone will give Valdez a look.  Heading into the 2004 season Baseball America ranked him as the #40 prospect in baseball.  Heading into '05 he was at #58.  Valdez had Tommy John surgery in October of '06.

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