Valle was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. The Mariners made a pair of roster moves Saturday to trim down the number of players in major league camp with Opening Day approaching. Valle, a non-roster invitee, should see significantly more playing time in minor league camp after seeing just six plate appearances in big league camp.
Valle signed a minor league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports. The 26-year-old has never reached the majors, and while he has experience at Triple-A, he spent all of 2016 with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate. He is a glove-first catcher whose aptitude for working with young pitchers is his primary contribution. Valle is unlikely to reach the big leagues in 2017.
Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.
Valle agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Valle spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A, slashing .279/.341/.413 with the Phillies' organization. The Yankees upper level catching appears to be accounted for though, so Valle will simply serve as organizational depth.
The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve Lombardozzi, Brent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.