Originally written on We Should Be GM's  |  Last updated 1/26/12
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Wilson Valdez has done a serviceable job for the Phillies over the past two seasons as a utility infielder. He logged time at 2nd, 3rd, and SS, playing adequate defense. He even won a game in relief last season. His bat wasn't much (.254/.652 in 210 games), but most UTL players aren't. He was set to earn $930K in 2012. Trading him to the Reds seems like nothing more than a salary dump. How much does it save? Only about $500K, because Michael Martinez, Valdez's replacement as utility infielder, will make league minimum ($480K), but wouldn't have in the minors. This trade just doesn't make sense unless Amaro is upgrading the utility infielder via trade or free agency. Michael Martinez is **** (.540 OPS in 2011) and always will always be **** (.683 OPS in 5 minor league seasons). He's not young (29). He's already reached his potential, and his potential is ****. I'm okay with him playing in Triple-A and coming up in September, but not for a full season getting lots of at bats due to ou...
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