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Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:22 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 5:08 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired someone capable of playing shortstop, but this news may not appease the fan base. The Reds sent left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst to the Phillies for utility infielder Wilson Valdez.

Valdez, 33, hit .249/.294/.341 with 14 doubles, four triples and one home run last year for the Phillies in 300 plate appearances. He appeared in at least 24 games each at third base, shortstop and second base. He even pitched an inning, funnily enough against the Reds, picking up the victory in a marathon 19-inning affair on May 25.

The Reds will mark Valdez's seventh team in seven big-league seasons. He's a career .243 hitter with a pretty terrible .621 OPS. His value lies in being able to adequately back up the three aforementioned infield positions.

Of course, the Reds still face a potential hole at shortstop. Young Zack Cozart underwent Tommy John surgery in August. Since he's not a pitcher, nor was the surgery in his throwing arm, he should be ready to start the season. The Reds have him slated as the opening-day starter. If there is a setback, however, the Reds appear to have both Paul Janish and now Valdez as options. But in the most basic sense, Valdez has been acquired merely for depth.

Horst, 26, appeared in 12 games for the Reds last season, sporting a 2.93 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in his 15 1/3 innings. In Triple-A, Horst had a 2.81 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.

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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:14 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Wilson did ok in Philly. ButThe Phillies  should have gone after Cuddyer instead of Getting Ty Wigginton. The Rockies licked their chops Getting rid of Ty and picked Up Cuddyer great move there. As for the Reds security in infield but it Blocks the kid Billy Hamilton for coming up this year with his 100 stalen bases looks like 1013 for Billy  

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:52 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Wilson will be missed in Philly.  He's not a great hitter, but he had his share of timely hits.  Wilson is a superior fielder with a cannon for an arm who would be a defensive upgrade over many starters at 2B, 3B & SS.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:00 am

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Very happy with this move --- I know what the guy's numbers are but he has had some very good games against the Reds over the past few years, and some key hits.  He looks like a well above-average defender.  With Valdez and Cairo backing up in the IF we will be solid and clutch, if not spectacular.  Plus now we have out 19th inning closer.  Seems I remember Votto and other Reds players saying they were surprized how good his stuff was after that marathon.  I guess Horst's days were numbered when we stole Clay Zavada from the D-Backs as the 5th left-hander in our bullpen  :)      

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:06 am

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

If you look at the Phillies over the past couple of years, infielders Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley all have been lost for quite a few games. Wilson Valdez, a guy who can play all those positions is now with the Reds and the Phillies get left hander Jeremy Horst? Horst is certainly a prospect, but do the Phillies need pitching?

They have to be thinking of signing or making a trade for someone to fill the void for Valdez. I would have thought Michael Cuddyer might be that guy, but he went with the Rockies.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:44 am

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

As far as the Phillies,they have other players who in a pinch can cover the Utility Infield spot.They still have Michael Martinez,who is on the 40-Man Roster & will likely fill the role Valdez had the last couple of years.Ty Wigginton who played just about everywhere last year will also be in Phillies camp.Also remember that Ryan Howard is likely to start the season on the DL & that's one of the primary reasons they say they brought in Jim Thome.I see Wigginton pushing Placido Polanco at 3B.There will be competition in LF between favorite John Mayberry,who also has experience at 1B & Dominic Brown.Valdez wasn't spectacular but was able to cover for injured players all around the infield.The Phillies should hope Martinez could do as well if the situation arises. 

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:09 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

The Phils may not be quite done with moves yet.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:38 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

With all the Phillies injuries the past couple of seasons, especially in the middle infield, I can't see how this is a good trade, unless they have a good utilty guy in Triple A.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:50 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

I can't believe the Phillies traded Valdez for a Horst and a big WHIP. I guess they can put him in the

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:39 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Loved Valdez's arm. Not much more than a band aid for injuries, but reliable in the field and versatile.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:07 pm

Reds trade for infielder Wilson Valdez

Sorry to see Wilson go. He's a decent guy to have on the team, and we'll miss his versatility (and his being our secret weapon out of the pen!), though not necessarily the double plays he hits into. He helped a good bit over the last two seasons, but I guess the Phils figure they have enough infielders.

I assume Horst is obtained in case Dontrelle Willis doesn't work out and that Horst will otherwise start the season at AAA, since I don't see Charlie keeping three lefties in the bullpen (including Antonio Bastardo).  (Or maybe they're afraid that Bastardo will turn out to have a false name or something.)

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