Please, join me as I throw a handful of dirt on the coffin of Jordany Valdespin’s career as a New York Met.
The one I used to call El Dramático for his ability to spark rallies and hit long home runs is getting playing time for one reason: he’s being shopped. Don’t expect him to be with the Mets past the trade deadline.
I’ve been a staunch defender of Valdespin since the Mets’ first intrasquad game. He had the tools to be a starter in 2013. He still has the tools. Whatever the case, it just hasn’t come together.
There are a plethora of reasons why Valdespin’s days are numbered. He’s batting .214 on the season with a 24/6 K/BB ratio and 4-for-7 in stolen base attempts. He’s 3-for-19 with five strike outs and no walks since taking over the second base and leadoff duties. Additionally, he’s not playing well defensively and the positions he does play are better suited by other players on this year’s team (Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy). The list goes on longer than his pimped out dinge...