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Houston Astros Trade Raul Valdes to the Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired a left-handed pitcher in Raul Valdes for a Player to be named later or cash. The 36-year-old has accumulated a 12.27 ERA this season. He should add some options to the Blue Jays bullpen. In his last outing, Valdes allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over 2/3 innings. Blue Bird Banter says I was thinking that they thought he would...
Via Sportsnaut
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation Player Review: Raul Valdes

Lefty Raul Valdes was a pleasant surprise in 2012 for the Phillies. Whether it was the 2.90 ERA or the 0.742 WHIP in 31.0 IP in 2012, Valdes could be counted on to compete against Major League hitters. In 2013, the bottom fell out. The most noticeable difference in Valdes’ 2012 and 2013 was his splits: with K/9 IP above his career average and his BB/9 IP below his career average...
Via Phillies Nation
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Cloyd Claimed by Cleveland, Valdes by Houston

The Phillies announced today that right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians and left-handed reliever Raul Valdes was claimed by the Houston Astros. Across parts of two seasons, Cloyd posted a 5.98 ERA in 19 appearances, 17 starts for the Phillies. Cloyd struggled to replicate the success of his 2012 campaign with the IronPigs, where...
Via Phillies Nation
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

First Phillies Player Casualty: Raul Valdes

The Phillies opened up their first roster spot of the offseason today. According to multiple reports, relief pitcher Raul Valdes has been claimed on waivers by the Houston Astors. The waiver claim is a sign that the Phillies were in the process of outrighting Valdes off of the 40-man roster,...
Via Philliedelphia
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Rosenberg Recalled, Valdes Optioned

According to all the usual suspect beat writers and the Phillies, LHP Raul Valdes has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and RHP B.J. Rosenberg has been called to take his place. Valdes was at best mediocre in 2013 and at worst completely ineffective, with a 7.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP, allowing 10.8 H/9 IP. Rosenberg, 27, has been mildly effective as a starter this year for the...
Via Phillies Nation
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Calling on Beck

Gotta wonder if Raul Valdes would have served up a game winning 2-run shot in the 12th the way BJ Rosenberg did.  I never thought I would say this, but that's a bad BJ!  Calling up a righty for the sake of having another right-hander pitcher in the bullpen despite already having a reliable lefty that was retiring batters from both sides of the plate is stupid.  The Phillies...
Via We Should Be GM's
June 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Valdes Gets Raw Deal

Raul Valdes was optioned to Triple-A.  Why?  Certainly not because of his performance, because he is one of the few stabilizing forces in the bullpen.  Nope, it's because of the ineffectiveness of Michael Schwimer and Chad Qualls.  See,  Schwimer and Qualls are right-handed and they each suck.  That leaves the only quality RHP in the bullpen as closer Jonathan Papelbon...
Via We Should Be GM's
June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Respect the Valdes & Other Little Guys

In a season that has been bleak, there is a nice little storyline going on with the Philadelphia Phillies- the unknowns, little guys, castoffs, and has-beens.  Let's take a moment to give some respect to these players that have helped carry the Phils to a .500 record (23-23) and not fal completely out of contention.Raul Valdes - came in and put out the fire Blanton ignited last...
Via We Should Be GM's
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Phils Bring Back Gosewich, Sanches; Add Elarton, Valdes

The Phillies brought back a few familiar faces today as the signings of Tuffy Gosewich and Brian Sanches were announced.Gosewich, 28, was an 11th round pick for the Phils in 2005. He has spent the last three years mostly in Reading with a cup of coffee in Lehigh Valley in 2009. Gosewich hit .247/.295/.404 for Reading last year with 13 HRs and should see time with Reading and Lehigh...
Via Phillies Nation
November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

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