Valdez was traded to the Angels on Tuesday. Valdez was designated for assignment earlier in the month, but it didn't take long for the Tigers to find a suitor for the right-hander. The 26-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings out of the bullpen with Triple-A Toledo, so although he'll likely begin his tenure in Los Angeles in the minor leagues, he could head up to the big leagues soon if the Angels are in need of bullpen help at the major league level. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander Chris Jones was designated for assignment.
Valdez was designated for assignment Wednesday. Valdez, who was called up by the Tigers in April but failed to appear in a game, was DFA'd on Wednesday to clear space on the 40-man roster after Detroit purchased Bobby Parnell's contract. The 26-year-old Valdez will now be subject to waivers, and his 3.48 ERA at Triple-A Toledo may be enough to entice a team looking to add depth in the bullpen.
Valdez has been optioned back to Triple-A Toledo, Chris Lott of MLive.com reports. Valdez, who was only on the team for Monday's game and did not appear, was recalled as a precaution after Matt Boyd threw 4.2 innings in relief Sunday. He returns to the minors, where he has a 3.00 ERA in five appearances this season. Valdez is clearly a legitimate option for the Tigers and could be called up again later in the season.
Valdez will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday. Valdez was in the mix for a bullpen spot during spring training, but he allowed five earned runs and 12 hits over 6.1 innings in the Grapefruit League. He's since given up two earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings for Triple-A Toledo, strictly working out of the bullpen. Valdez will now replace Matt Boyd, who threw 69 pitches over 4.2 scoreless relief innings during Sunday's loss to the Indians.
The Tigers optioned Valdez to Triple-A Toledo on Monday, MLive.com reports. Valdez competed for a bullpen job this spring, but his chances of winning a spot evaporated after he allowed five earned runs and 12 hits over 6.1 innings. He appeared in seven games for the Tigers last season, so there's a chance he will see big league action at some point in 2016.
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