Jon Heyman reports that Jordany Valdespin has signed with the Tigers.
Valdespin spent the past two seasons in the Marlins organization, primarily in the minors. He hit .293/.348/.387 in half a season at Triple-A New Orleans last year. He played part time for the Mets in 2012 and 2013, showing flashes of talent here and there but mostly showing that he was a petulant me-first player as well.
In 2013 he angered the Pirates by showboating after hitting a home run with his team down 7-1. Later that year he threw a temper tantrum after learning he was being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. After going down to Vegas he helped start a benches-clearing brawl. Long before all of that he was said to be unpopular with his Mets teammates for his alleged bad attitude and lackadaisical play. After all of that he was suspended for 50 games for his involvement in Biogenesis stuff. Some of that could be overlooked if he was raking, but he never raked.
His career highlight so far, however, came in spring training 2013 when he squared to bunt, missed the pitch and was hit right in the beans with a 94 m.p.h. fastball from Justin Verlander. New teammate Justin Verlander. I bet they’ll have a lot to talk about.
Anyway, that’s a lot of words for a guy who is outfield depth at best but most likely Toledo-bound. He’s always been kind of interesting at least, so there’s that.