Thursday, January 26, 2012

2011 Chachi Transactions #9 Wilson Valdez

There has been a deal.  Just when I thought the Phillies 25-man roster was all but set, they go ahead and trade utility everywhere guy and fan favorite Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst.  Horst appeared in 12 games for the Reds last season, striking out 9 and walking 6 in 15.1 innings pitched.  He could provide the team with a little more lefty reliever depth behind Dontrelle Willis and Antonio Bastardo.  Horst becomes the 17th non-roster invitee to camp:

Player (position) - 2011 Organization - Last Major Cardboard Appearance
17.  Jeremy Horst (lhp) - Reds - 2011 Bowman Draft #47 (Reds)

Valdez, who will be best remembered for his 19th inning pitching performance last season, joins former teammate Ryan Madson on the Reds.  The Phils are apparently comfortable going with either Michael Martinez or Pete Orr (or even Hector Luna) as their utility infielder option off the bench in 2012.

Moving On
Dane Sardinha (10-11) 10/10/11 - Filed for free agency
Brandon Moss (11) 10/17/11 - Outrighted to Lehigh Valley and filed for free agency (Signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's)
Brad Lidge (08-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Roy Oswalt (10-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Ross Gload (10-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Raul Ibanez (09-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Ryan Madson (03-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency (Signed with the Cincinnati Reds)
Juan Perez (11) 11/2/11 - Became a minor league free agent (Signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers)
Scott Mathieson (06, 10-11) 11/29/11 - Released (Signed with the Yomiuri Giants)
Ben Francisco (09-11) 12/12/11 - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Frank Gailey
John Bowker (11) 1/10/12 - Released
Wilson Valdez (10-11) 1/25/12 - Traded to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Jeremy Horst.

Coming Back
Pete Orr (11) 11/3/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training
Brian Schneider (10- ) 11/17/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract
Jimmy Rollins (00- ) 12/19/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a three-year contract with a vesting fourth year

New Additions
Jim Thome (03-05) 11/5/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians
Jonathan Papelbon 11/14/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox
Ty Wigginton 11/20/11 - Acquired with cash from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash
Laynce Nix 12/8/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals
Dontrelle Willis 12/15/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cincinnati Reds


Jim from Downingtown said...

Orr doesn't play SS, and Martinez did so infrequently, I forget if he was any good there (we know Valdez was).

Maybe they're paving the way for Galves to become the 5th infielder midway thru the season.

Jim said...

I think they're anxious to see what Galvis can do, and he's a much cheaper option than Valdez.

There were also reports last night that the Phils were "bottom fishing" for a middle infielder with Ryan Theriot a possibility.