According to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News, the Mets don’t see a fit for Jose Valentin on the big league roster, and would rather him work as a player/unofficial coach for their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.
Valentin, of course, has a different idea. "Right now I’m still a player and my goal is to make the team," said the 39-year-old middle infielder. He signed a minor league deal with the Mets a little over a week ago. If he still wants to play at the big league level, however, it’s probably not going to be in New York. The Mets already have Luis Castillo, Alex Cora and Ramon Martinez in camp.
Valentin didn’t reach the majors last season after struggling through serious neck issues for much of the year. He batted .182/.229/.333 in 33 at-bats for Triple-A New Orleans.