Valentin had always had great power, slugging 30 HR for the White Sox as recently as 2004. There’s always a chance of a complete collapse of his batting average and subsequently his OBP. Valentin is, after all, a career .243 hitter. Still, you can’t really complain about the signing. Minaya is now free to focus his efforts on adding a starting pitcher.
The second base free agent market now consists of Mark Loretta, Ray Durham, Ronnie Belliard, Adam Kennedy, Alfonso Soriano, and Todd Walker.