Towards the end of December, the Miami Marlins signed free agent utility man Jordany Valdespin to a minor league deal. The New York Mets non-tendered Valdespin at the end of the season, and he is coming off a 50-game suspension because of his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. Valdespin also created a lot of drama in the Mets’ locker room and could add some potential baggage.
In Valdespin’s two years in the Mets organization, he batted .219/.271/.380 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. While he is not expected to be used as an everyday batter, Valdespin can potentially become a bigger player off the bench for the Marlins because of how diverse he is around the diamond and in the outfield. He has the ability to play each outfield position as well as second base, and even shortstop.
The Marlins already have utility infielders like Greg Dobbs and Ed Lucas, and now adding Valdespin gives second-year manager Mike Redmond more unique options to play around with in 2014. The Marlins are becoming a more balanced team than it was in 2013, and another 100-loss season is not something to expect with the way the roster has shaped up.
If Valdespin can play well during Spring Training, he will create a tough decision to keep him on the 25-man roster in April. The 26-year-old needs to keep calm for all the right things to happen.