Mets Rumors & News
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mustache.jpgThe Mets have signed 38-year-old Jose Valentin (pictured) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

It’s a classy and smart move for the Mets, who caught lightning in a bottle with Valentin in 2006 when the supposedly-over-the-hill middle infielder struggled in a bench role before seizing the everyday job at second base. The veteran hit .271 that season with 18 homers.

The 2007 season proved a different story, as it did for most Mets. Valentine appeared in just 51 games due to injury. On September 25th, he underwent ACL replacement surgery after initially trying to recover from the torn ligament through rehab.

I said at the time that I was wary of Valentin’s decision, and felt it was primarily influenced by the second baseman’s desire to activate an option for ’08 in his contract. Unfortunately, I have a personal history with ACL tears, and the pivots required to turn a double play are probably the one thing the knee absolutely cannot endure. Thus, instead of undergoing the surgery immediately and perhaps being ready for spring training, Valentin will now wait until mid-March to resume baseball activities. A return to the majors would be somewhat miraculous, however, the roster could benefit from the additional depth he would provide in the infield as manager Willie Randolph (hopefully) looks to afford more rest for the dynamic duo of David Wright and Jose Reyes.

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