Valdez, who would have become a minor league free agent had he not been brought up, was obtained to fill the void at shortstop for Las Vegas when Joel Guzman was switched to other positions.
Coming in a trade with Kansas City for righthander Jarrod Plummer, he had a reputation as a slick fielder. Not only did he prove to be adept at short but he also hit .297-6-53, batting leadoff for the 51's. He also stole 26 bases.
In order to make room for Valdez, righthander Giovanni Carrara was dropped in what is becoming an annual occurance since this is the third time he's been cut.
Valdez is no bright young hopeful. He's 28 and has toiled 10 seasons in the minors for eight different organizations with two stints in the big leagues.
In 2004 he played in 19 games for the White Sox, hitting .233.
In 2005, he began the year with the Mariners. He managed only a .198 mark over 42 games, then was traded to the Padres where he hit .231 in nine games before going back to the minors.
Valdez Called Up, Carrara Dropped
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