Wilson Valdez Rumors
FRIDAY: Valdez cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple A, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki (via Twitter).
MONDAY: The Phillies designated infielder Wilson Valdez for assignment to make room for Jimmy Rollins, according to MLB.com's transactions page. The Phillies were expected to clear room for Rollins, who was on the 15-day DL with a calf injury, by designating Valdez. Because he is out of options, Valdez will have to clear waivers to remain with the Phillies.
Valdez, who turns 32 on Thursday, has been about average defensively in recent years, according to UZR. He has played outfield, second, third and short, so he makes up for his pedestrian bat with exceptional versatility. Valdez's .231/.231/.365 line means the Phillies are willing to risk losing him to another club - especially when it means making room for Rollins.
Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez, who is out of options, will likely be bumped to make space for the returning Jimmy Rollins, writes Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. This means that Valdez must clear waivers in order to remain with the club. Valdez was summoned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Rollins' spot on the roster.
The highlight of Valdez's stint with the Phillies came on April 28th against the Giants when he scored the game-winning run. On the season, he has an OPS of .596 in 48 plate appearances which is slightly better than his major league career average. However, he has a career 9.9 UZR/150 at the shortstop position.
Valdez, who turns 32-years-old on Thursday, has also made major league cameos with the White Sox, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Mets.