In a move that will not necessarily resonate in the world of Major League Baseball, the Miami Marlins signed Jordany Valdespin to a minor league contract yesterday (reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com). The deal for the 24-year-old outfielder does not include an invitation to big league spring training, which means he is headed for AAA and out of our lives for the time being.
While this move might seem like an insignificant contract offered to a nondescript player, that is not entirely the case. For the following reasons, presented in no particular order, Valdespin has been on the radar of baseball fans in recent seasons:
1. Being irrationally cocky (the highlight below was one of four home runs in 144 at-bats last season)
4. While not wearing said protective cup, taking a Justin Verlander fastball to the man region
So he was in the news last season, just maybe not for the right reasons. He is still young and still has the tools to be an effective big league player, so maybe some time out of the spotlight will allow him to develop and be a more polished player when he returns to the show.