Sunday, January 13, 2008

Valdez goes bye-bye

It's not like we're talking major breaking news here, but somewhat noteworthy still. Wilson Valdez has been sold to the Kia Tigers of the Korean League on Saturday. With Tony Abreu and Chin-Lung Hu battling for playing time as top prospects, Valdez was expendable.

While people might look at his paltry .216 AVG, he actually had quite the impact to start the season. After hitting so well out of spring training that the Dodgers were forced to keep him, he went on to have 3 3-hit games in the course of 6 games. But, with Rafael Furcal coming back from an ankle injury, PT was pretty much non-existent after that. After gathering only 3 hits in his next 31 at-bats, covering the span of about a month, he was designated for assignment on May 15.

He did finish the year with a .343 AVG at Triple-A Las Vegas, so it's a bit surprising that no other team looked into acquiring him.

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