New York Mets

Javier Valentin Playing A Lot at First....

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Javier Valentin #17 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ed feverCorrespondent IMay 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.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices