Valdez cleared waivers Saturday and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Valdez began the season as the Orioles' closer but will end it having been designated for assignment twice. Seeing as he's a 36-year-old who's posted a 5.87 ERA this season over 46 innings, it's unsurprising that he passed through waivers unclaimed.
Valdez was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Wednesday.
Valdez's contract was selected Tuesday, but he took the loss against the Phillies when he gave up two runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning. He'll be cast off the 40-man roster once again as part of a move to make room for right-hander Konner Wade in the major-league bullpen.
Valdez (2-2) allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning, taking the extra-inning loss versus Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The right-hander had a chance to pick up his first save since May 10 when he entered Tuesday's game. Instead, an intentional walk to Bryce Harper and a two-run triple from J.T. Realmuto handed Valdez a loss and a blown save in his first major-league appearance in over a month. He has a 5.87 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB through 46 innings, and he's expected to fill more of a low-leverage role for the rest of the season.
Valdez's contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
Valdez was outrighted to Norfolk in late August, and he posted a 1.42 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 12.2 innings across nine relief appearances in the minors since then. The right-hander has eight saves in the majors this year, but he recorded a 6.65 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 21.2 innings across his last 15 appearances prior to being sent to Norfolk, so he'll likely pitch mainly in low-leverage situations late in the season.
The Orioles outrighted Valdez to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday after he cleared waivers, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Unsurprisingly, none of MLB's other 29 teams were willing to put in a waiver claim for a 36-year-old journeyman reliever who submitted a 5.76 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 45.1 innings in the big leagues before Baltimore designated him for assignment last week. Since he no longer possesses a 40-man roster spot, Valdez will face an uphill battle to earn another call-up to Baltimore before the season ends.
Valdez was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday.
Valdez surprisingly emerged to record his first three career saves in 2020 and saved eight more games in the early part of this year during his age-36 season, but he hasn't been good enough for high-leverage opportunities since, struggling to a 5.76 ERA in 45.1 innings. He's allowed at least one run in five of his last six outings, and the Orioles have evidently seen enough. They'll drop the veteran from the roster to give innings to younger options down the stretch, including 28-year-old Chris Ellis, who was claimed off waivers from the Rays on Friday.
Valdez has given up six runs in his last six innings.
In that span, the reliever has given up 10 hits, four of which have been home runs. The good news is Valdez hasn't walked a batter in that span after issuing four free passes in an 8.2-inning scoreless streak immediately following the All-Star break. The 36-year-old has a 5.82 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB in 43.1 innings, and he's mainly seen low-leverage work in his recent appearances.
Valdez extended his scoreless streak to 8.2 innings Monday.
The 36-year-old has allowed six hits and four walks in that span, but he has successfully worked out of trouble lately. Valdez's good run of pitching came on the heels of a skid in which he allowed nine runs in five innings. He's seen mostly low-leverage work lately, and his season ratios sit at a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 37:12 K:BB through 37.1 innings overall.
Valdez allowed three hits and struck out two over three innings in Friday's 9-2 loss to Kansas City.
Valdez was utilized in a long-relief capacity after starter Keegan Akin struggled through three innings. This was Valdez's first scoreless outing since June 9, although he missed time with a lower-back strain during that span. It's unclear what kind of role the right-hander will have going forward -- he's logged eight saves this season but none since May 10. He's posted a 6.25 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 33:8 K:BB across 31.2 innings overall.
Valdez (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Valdez landed on the shelf with a lower-back strain June 21 and will rejoin the Orioles without requiring a rehab assignment. The veteran righty is 8-for-12 in save chances with a 5.74 ERA and 1.65 WHIP this season. He could remain in the mix for high-leverage spots, but Paul Fry and Cole Sulser could be first up for saves since they have pitched better overall.
Valdez (back) could be reinstated from the 10-day injured list as early as Sunday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Valdez has been dealing with a lower-back strain recently, but he's apparently feeling better and could rejoin the Orioles in the coming days. If the right-hander isn't activated ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Angels, he could return to action early next week when the Orioles return home to face the Blue Jays. Valdez had posted an 11.17 ERA and 2.17 WHIP in 9.2 innings across his last 10 relief appearances prior to his injury.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain Monday.
Valdez gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in one inning during Sunday's loss to the Orioles, and it's possible that his injury contributed to his struggles. Whether he's forced to spend more than the minimum of 10 days on the injured list remains to be seen, but right-hander Travis Lakins was recalled in a corresponding move.
Valdez has not posted a save or hold in his last 10 outings.
Valdez opened the year as Baltimore's closer, but those duties have more recently gone to Paul Fry. Instead, Valdez has seen lower-leverage work. The change in role hasn't gone very well -- since his last save May 10, the right-hander has an 11.00 ERA, 2.44 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB in nine innings. He pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 14-1 loss to the Mets, but without any promise of save chances, he carries little fantasy appeal.
Valdez allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning in Monday's 8-3 loss to Minnesota. He was charged with a blown save.
The 36-year-old avoided the loss Monday, but he allowed two inherited runners to score and put another three batters on base. Tyler Wells then proceeded to allow one of Valdez's runners to score as Baltimore's bullpen wasted a good start from John Means. In May, Valdez has yielded seven runs in 5.2 innings across seven appearances. The right-hander is 8-for-12 in save chances with a 3.93 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 21:4 K:BB across 18.1 innings overall. With rumors of a potential move away from closing duties, Valdez hasn't done much lately to show he should stay in a ninth-inning role.
Valdez is being considered for set-up work, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
This is not a performance-based shift for Valdez, who has gone 8-for-11 in save chances with a 2.65 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 21:4 K:BB. Instead, it comes down to Baltimore's lack of effective right-handed relievers. Nothing official has been announced for Valdez in regard to his role, but it wouldn't be surprising to see some ninth-inning duties given to southpaw Paul Fry in the near future. Hunter Harvey (oblique) could also become a factor in the closer conversation when he returns.
Valdez (2-1) was charged with the loss and a blown save Tuesday against the Mets after allowing two runs on three hits while recording one strikeout.
With the Orioles clinging to a one-run lead in the ninth, Valdez nearly allowed a leadoff home run to Kevin Pillar that was overturned as a foul ball. Pillar ended up hitting a single, and he came around to score on a single by Dominic Smith, tying the game and charging Valdez with a blown save. The struggles continued for the 36-year-old when Patrick Mazeika stepped up to the plate and brought in the winning run on a walkoff fielder's choice, handing Valdez and the Orioles a tough loss. It was the third blown save in 11 tries for Valdez, who had converted three saves in a row leading up to Tuesday's loss. On the season, the right-hander has compiled a 2.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Valdez secured the save after striking out two over a scoreless inning Monday against Boston.
Valdez retired the side in order in the ninth, fanning two and inducing a lineout to center field. The closer has surrendered just two runs in 13 appearances so far this season and has successfully converted eight of 10 save chances. He also owns a strong 17:3 K:BB across 14.2 innings of work.
Valdez pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn a save in Monday's 5-3 win over Seattle.
Valdez threw 10 pitches (nine strikes) to retire the side for his seventh save of the season. The 36-year-old right-hander has been solid this year with a 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB across 13.2 innings. He's now 7-for-9 in save chances, and he's also earned two wins in 12 outings.
Valdez allowed two hits in the ninth inning to record the three-out save in the win over the Athletics on Friday.
Valdez bounced back to record his sixth save Friday after blowing the save Thursday against the Yankees. He is 6-for-8 in save opportunities and has a pair of wins. The 36-year-old remains the best arm in the Orioles bullpen with a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.
Valdez allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks while striking out two across one inning to blow the save Thursday against the Yankees.
Valdez entered the game with a one-run lead, but he walked two of the first three batters he faced before surrendering an RBI double. It was Valdez's second blown save of the season, though he's still gone 5-for-7 in save chances this season. This performance isn't likely to affect the closer role in Baltimore, though Tanner Scott could eventually earn saves if Valdez continues to stumble.
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|09/21||@ PHI||L 2-3||1||0.2||1||1||1||1|
|08/18||@ TB||L 4-8||2.0||3||1||1||2|
|08/14||@ BOS||L 2-16||1.1||1||1||0||1|
|08/13||@ BOS||L 1-8||2.0||3||1||0||3|
|08/11||vs DET||L 2-5||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|08/07||vs TB||L 3-12||0.2||3||3||0||0|
|08/04||@ NYY||L 3-10||1.0||2||1||0||0|
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|2011||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||10.0||8||0||0||0||1||0||13||3||13||8.10||1.600|
|2012||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||135.0||24||23||2||11||8||0||84||18||171||5.27||1.400|
|2013||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||65.2||12||12||1||3||3||0||59||11||89||4.97||1.534|
|2013||AAA-Rieleros de Aguascal||4.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||5||8.57||1.667|
|2015||AAA-Olmecas de Tabasco||160.2||23||23||3||11||6||0||161||28||145||2.64||1.080|
|2019||AAA-Leones de Yucatan||147.2||23||23||0||15||2||0||122||17||140||2.26||1.067|