The Miami Marlins have signed infielder Wilson Valdez to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.
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Valdez was released by the San Francisco Giants yesterday. His contract included an opt-out clause, meaning the Giants had to make a decision on whether or not to enter the season with him on their roster. Unfortunately for Valdez, he didn't make the cut as a reserve infielder in San Francisco.
Valdez spent the 2012 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .206/.236/.227 with four doubles, while manning second and third base, shortstop and center field. The 34-year-old has maintained a batting line .236/.281/.313 over seven seasons in the majors -- playing with the Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox.
The Marlins recently released Chone Figgins, one of the players competing for a utility role with the club. Valdez will now compete with Matt Downs, Nick Green and Chris Valaika for a spot on Miami's bench.