The Stache Is Back In Town: Jose Valentin Re-Signs With The Mets

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

The New York Post is reporting that the Mets have signed infielder Jose Valentin to a minor league contract.

If Valentin makes the big league club he will earn $800,000, which is a very affordable price considering the uncertainty surrounding who will play second base.

Valentin’s best year with the Mets was in 2006 when he played in 137 games and hit .271 with 18 home runs.

There is good reason to question how effective Valentin will be this year due to the fact that he has been injury-ridden for much of the past two seasons.

Regardless, if Valentin makes the team, the Mets will have themselves a hard working player, who can serve as a positive role models for the younger players, such as Daniel Murphy.

While this is certainly not a huge signing for the Mets, it could prove to be beneficial for the ball club especially if Castillo’s struggles continue into this upcoming season.