The Reds' trade for infielder Wilson Valdez was not to protect them in 19-inning games, but it can't hurt. Valdez pitched a scoreless 19th for Philadelphia to earn a victory against the Reds on May 25.
The Reds traded left-hander Jeremy Horst to Philly to get Valdez.
Valdez is the utility infielder who can play shortstop that the Reds were seeking.
Valdez, 33, hit .249.294.341 in 273 at bats for the Phillies last year. He played 45 games at second, 25 at shortstop, 24 at third base and, of course, pitched once.
"We like his versatility," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He's a guy who can play good defense at second, short or third. His offensive numbers aren't that good.
"But he's a guy who has hit well in tough situations, come up with big hits. And he's been part of a winning program."
Valdez is probably the last addition to the big league roster before spring training begins.
"The other thing we're trying to do is add depth as far as starting pitching and outfiel...