Marlins sign Valdez to Minors deal
JUPITER, Fla. — Nine days before the Marlins open at Washington, the team is giving at least one veteran a quick look.
Wilson Valdez, 34, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Saturday. The veteran utility player was released on Friday by the Giants, where he batted .194 in 36 Spring Training at-bats.
The Marlins are in the process of finalizing their roster, and they are weighing their utility infield options.
Valdez joins the mix with Nick Green, Chris Valaika and Matt Downs.
This will be Valdez’s second stint in the Marlins’ organization. As a prospect in 2004, he was traded to the White Sox for reliever Billy Koch.
Valdez has spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues. He spent 2010-11 with the Phillies, and last year he appeared in 77 games with the Reds.
Valdez is a career .236 hitter in 439 big league games.
The Marlins are seeking as much depth as possible in the infield. Currently, second baseman Donovan Solano is resting a sore back. Third baseman Placido Polanco missed time this spring with a strained right oblique.
– Joe Frisaro