Jordany Valdespin Reinstated, Placed Back on 40-Man Roster

Jordany Valdespin, who was suspended for 50 games in early August due to his use of performance enhancing drugs, has been reinstated by the club now that his suspension has been served.

Jul 12, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin (1) in the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-2 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Valdespin was added to the AAA roster and placed back on the Mets 40-man roster.  In order to make room for Valdespin on the 40-man roster, reliever Josh Edgin was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Valdespin was one of a host of players who was suspended due to their connection to Biogenesis.  Before being suspended, Valdespin had fallen out of favor with the club, due to his behavior both on the field and off.  The last game he appeared in for the Mets was on July 13th.  After the game, he was sent down to AAA.

According to reports at the time, Valdespin went on a tirade after being informed of his demotion, reportedly calling manager Terry Collins a c***sucker.  In addition to that reported tirade, Valdespin was almost universally disliked by teammates, and was the target of beanballs from opposing teams in response to his styling on the field.

Valdespin had plenty of behavioral issues, but he also had production issues.  In 133 at bats for the Mets this season, he hit .188 with a .250 OBP.

Thoughts: 

Placing Valdespin back on the 40-man roster at this point is a paper move and nothing more.  Valdespin won’t be joining the club for the final six games of the season, and his future with the team is very much in doubt.

The Mets will have to add a number of prospects to the 40-man roster this winter in order to protect them from being selected in the Rule V draft, and I suspect that Valdespin will be one of the first roster casualties when those players are added.

 

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  • Herman_Metswille

    Although nothing that Met’s management would do would surprise me, I can’t believe they’d be that idiotic as to not keep Jordany Valdespin on the 40-man roster. Valdespin is one of the most talented players in the Mets’ organization. One of the manager’s jobs is to take volatility and turn it into productivity. With Valdespin, Collins didn’t do that and Backman did. Valdespin did hit a miserable .188 with a .250 OPB with the Mets, but at Vegas it was .466 and .537. That result can’t all be attributable to AAA and the rarefied atmosphere of Vegas.

    • RONBO19

      Herman, you make a good argument here.Sadly, the damning issue with this kid is his inability to learn from his mistakes. If in fact the entire team basically hates this kid I’m not sure he has a future in Flushing or with any other major league club either.It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few months.On a related matter, isn’t it amazing how many players the Met’s are producing who basically have no position they can play? Valdespine, Josh Satin,Wilmer Flores and a few others as well have all shown enough ability to believe they could succeed on a major league level as hitters.The problem is, none of them has shown any defensive aptitude at all?My question is; why is this not addressed during their development in the minor leagues?

  • Herman_Metswille

    I agree that Valdespin needs some serious counseling. However, I think the whole situation with him snowballed needlessly out of control. Rather than wait until someone gets killed again, Major League Baseball needs a zero tolerance policy regarding anyone who fires the first shot in deliberately throwing at a player, regardless of the provocation. In the absence of this, managers and players have to stand up for teammates who get hit, regardless of whether they like them or not. Valdespin was guilty of admiring a home run he hit late in a game in which the Mets were getting drubbed anyway. Well, lots of players do this without getting plunked on their next at bat. Collins and a few of the Mets players seemed to feel that Valdespin deserved it. The problem is that once other teams become aware of this gutless attitude, they may start throwing at your player who hits a home run and doesn’t admire it. Interesting contrast: Valdespin did pretty much the same thing in Vegas. Being hit with a pitch in his next at bat caused a bench-clearing brawl, with Backman right in the middle of it.

    Interesting point about the lack of defensive skills among the Mets’ AAA+ players. Satin, Lutz, Flores, and Valdespin are all second or third basemen (although Valdespin is listed as a centerfielder in Vegas), which happen to be the positions for the Mets two best position players (Murphy for hitting at least). I suspect that’s why these AAA+ players are given time at first and, in the case of Valdespin, the outfield. They don’t seem particularly defensively skilled at either position. Maybe that’s why the Mets traded for Dilson Herrera.

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