He’s 30 and made over $3 million last year. He’s more glove than bat. He hit .273 with four homers and 55 RBI, which are decent numbers in a lineup full of boppers like the Mets. He prone to streaks, but what bothers me is his 72-39 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. For me, that’s too many strikeouts for the production you would be getting.
But, the flip side is his glove. He has good range and turns the double-play.
The bottom line is he’s as good a candidate, perhaps better, than the other candidates they might be mulling over. Valentin had a good year for them, but he’s going to want assurances of starting (which, if they signed him should be a given) but also at least two years. At 37, and considering last year’s comeback, that works against him.
If forced to pick between the two, I’d go with Kennedy because he’s younger and could fill the hole for a couple of years.