The Mets signed Jose Valentin to a minor league contract this afternoon. Valentin, 38, hit .241 (40-166) with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 18 RB in 51 games before he fractured his right tibia when he fouled a pitch off his leg, July 20, at LA.
Said GM Omar Minaya: “Jose is progressing well from his surgery and already is rehabbing for his return. We hope he can bounce back and help us in a variety of ways.’‘
Valentin hopes to be playing in mid-March. He hit .271 (104-384) with 24 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 137 games in 2006. If Valentin is able to play anything like he did that season it’s a no-brainer for the Mets. Plus, he has a positive influence on Jose Reyes, which is probably the biggest reason in bringing him back.