Athletics' Cesar Valdez: Lands with Athletics as NRI

Valdez signed a minor league contract with the Athletics on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

Valdez was absent from affiliated baseball from 2011 through 2015, but the right-hander performed well in his return with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, placing among the Pacific Coast League's elite in ERA and wins. He also walked just 13 batters across his 138.1 innings in Fresno, which could help him in his pursuit of a major league job if he can continue to display that consistent command of his arsenal.

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