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Reds acquire backup SS Valdez in trade with Phillies

 

The Cincinnati Reds have always known that Wilson Valdez is a smooth-fielding shortstop but they also found out that he could pitch a little bit as well.

On May 25, 2011 at Philadelphia, the Reds lost 5-4 in 19 innings to the Phillies, Valdez was moved from second base to the pitcher’s mound by his manager Charlie Manuel. He went on to pitch a one-walk, scoreless 19th inning to get the win. Before that outing, he had never pitched in a professional game.

The win by Valdez was the first for a position player in the Major Leagues since Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne beat the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2000. The last player to start a game in the field and earn a win was Babe Ruth for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1921.

Wilson Valdez (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Reds now have the 33-year-old Valdez on their side.

On Wednesday, he was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati with the Phillies getting lefty reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has played in 342 career games in the big leagues with the White Sox, Seattle, San Diego, the Dodgers and Phillies and has played 190 at shortstop and has a .980 fielding percentage.

The past two seasons with Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic native batted .249 with one homer and 30 RBI’s and has the nack for coming up with clutch hits in his career.

The Reds outrighted Horst off of their roster on December 5, had a 2.93 ERA in 12 major league games in several stints with the team in 2011.

 

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news

 

Reds add catching depth with Navarro signing

 

Dioner Navarro with Tampa Bay in 2007 (photo by Wknight94 via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have several catchers vying for two spots, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco and veteran non-roster invitee Corky Miller for the upcoming Spring Training.

On Monday, the team has signed Dioner Navarro to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster player in the big league camp.

The 27-year-old Navarro spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he hit .190 with five homers, 17 RBI’s and .276 on-base percentage in 64 games. He was released on August 30.

In over eight Major League seasons, Navarro has played for Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees. He was an AL All-Star for the Rays in 2008.

The Reds now have a Spring Training roster of 53.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Hal Morris hired by Angels as scouting director

 

Hal Morris (Reds photo)

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have hired former Cincinnati Reds first baseman Hal Morris as its director of professional scouting

The 46-year-old Morris for four teams in his 13-year career: New York Yankees, the Reds twice, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. He hit .304 in his career with 76 homers and 513 RBI’s. He was a member of the 1990 Reds team that went wire-to-wire to win the World championship.

Morris finished second in the National League in hitting .318 in 1991, trailing the Braves’ Terry Pendleton by one point.

Morris played his college baseball at the University of Michigan, where he was part of a team that started the 1983 season with a run of 33 straight wins.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim, Radio & TV news

Reports say Reds take a chance on 6’10 pitcher Brackman

 

Andrew Brackman playing basketball at NC State (photo by maggieandcharles via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds are taking a chance on 6’10 pitching prospect Andrew Brackman.

According to news reports and sports talk shows, the Reds have signed the Cincinnati native to a one-year contract.

The 26-year-old Brackman played baseball and basketball at North Carolina State.

Brackman, a right-hander, throws between 92-97 mph and has topped out at 99. His height helps keep hitters off-balance.

The New York Yankees signed the 26-year-old right-hander for a $3.35 million bonus in 2007, already knowing that he might need elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

He made his MLB debut in 2011 on September 22, all against Tampa Bay, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings.

 

Info from Radio, TV & internet reports

Yankees give Cashman 3-year extension

 

Brian Cashman June 2009 (By Jimmyack205 via wikipedia commons)

Brian Cashman will continue as the architect of the New York Yankees baseball team.

The team announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed the 44-year-old to a three-year extension to serve as vice president and general manager.

Cashman has been the Yankees’ general manager since 1998.

 

Info compiled from staff, MLB & New York Yankees

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