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.
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.
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.