May 22, 2009
The Mets signed Javier Valentin to a minor league deal on May 15th, the 33 year old, right handed, catcher is a veteran of 10 major league seasons, with a lifetime BA of .251....
He has played 432 of his 459 major league games at catcher, the only other fielding position he's played more then 4 games (third base), is first base and that was only for 23 games.
When the Mets signed Valentin, I expected him to be catching insurance, with Schneider on the DL and Castro expected to make his annual pilgrimage, there as well.
The Mets may have had other ideas for Valentin, since joining Buffalo he has not played one game behind the plate. Valentin has been the DH in a couple games, while playing the bulk of his time at first base.
In four games at first base, he has not recorded an error, while being involved in three double plays, one assist and 27 put outs.
In seven games, 22 at bats he's hitting .316 with a home run and four RBI's.
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