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Jose Valentin | Second Baseman

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (45) / 10/12/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Mets released second baseman Jose Valentin.
Valentin is expected to join the Mets as a minor league coach at some point, but he may decide to take a few months away from baseball. The 39-year-old hit .267/.320/.378 this spring. Tue, Mar 31, 2009 01:02:00 PM

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Jose Valentin homered off Edwin Jackson in the Mets' 9-3 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Valentin is hitting .296/.310/.444 in 27 at-bats this spring. The plan is for him to serve as a player-coach in Triple-A this season, but it appears that he isn't completely resigned to that fate just yet. Unfortunately, he doesn't make any sense for the Mets with a left-handed hitter in Alex Cora already locked into a utility role. Valentin is a switch-hitter, but he struggles mightily against left-handed pitching.
Fri, Mar 13, 2009 04:57:00 PM

According to the New York Daily News, the Mets plan to have Jose Valentin serve in a player-coach role at Triple-A.

Valentin, of course, still has hopes of spending another season in the majors after signing a minor league deal last week. "Right now I'm still a player and my goal is to make the team." Valentin said.
Fri, Feb 20, 2009 11:01:00 AM

Mets re-signed infielder Jose Valentin to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Valentin was expected to retire after being sidelined by neck and elbow problems last season, but the 38-year-old will instead try to reclaim a bench spot.
Wed, Feb 11, 2009 11:37:00 AM

Jose Valentin, who was with Triple-A New Orleans, told the Mets Friday night that he's taking the rest of the season off.

Valentin has been dealing with nagging pain in his elbow and neck this whole year and the Mets don't have much of a need for him. The 38-year-old didn't officially announce his retirement, but that could be coming within the next few days.
Sat, Jun 21, 2008 06:40:00 PM

Jose Valentin (neck) went 4-for-4 Friday in his fourth game since moving up to Triple-A New Orleans.

He was 0-for-13 through three games. Valentin has played 11 minor league games in all and is 12-for-42 with no home runs. There's been little indication so far that he can help the Mets.
Sat, Jun 14, 2008 04:02:00 AM

Jose Valentin (neck) DH'd for the second consecutive game Friday at Triple-A New Orleans.

Valentin went 0-for-4 with a walk and is 0-for-8 in two Triple-A games. He could return to the Mets next week, but there's no good reason to rush him back.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Jun 7, 2008 10:54:00 AM

Jose Valentin (neck) homered and doubled Friday for Single-A St. Lucie in the first game of his rehab assignment.

Valentin started at shortstop in the contest. He could join the Mets as a reserve after about a week of playing in the minors, though just how desperate the Mets are for the depth figures to have a lot of say in his timetable.
Sat, May 24, 2008 08:28:00 AM

Jose Valentin's agent estimates that he is two to four weeks away from playing in minor league games.

It's some encouraging news regarding the disks that are pinching a nerve in Valentin's neck. The 38-year-old was contemplating retirement if the injury needed surgery.
Tue, Apr 15, 2008 10:14:00 AM

Jose Valentin will be reevaluated in 7-10 days before deciding if he needs surgery on his neck.

Valentin has a "disk issue" that is being caused by a pinched nerve, and has said that has said that he'll stop playing if he needs surgery.
Tue, Apr 1, 2008 10:29:00 AM

Jose Valentin will get a cortisone shot on Monday to help deal with the pain in his neck.

This is Valentin's final attempt to avoid career-ending surgery. If the cortisone doesn't work, look for Valentin to have surgery and retire.
Sat, Mar 22, 2008 09:03:00 AM

Jose Valentin said Wednesday that he is considering surgery to take care of neck pain that has sidelined him since last Friday.

Valentin will go through drills to test his neck over the next few days before he and Mets trainers make a final decision. Surgery would likely end his career.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 10:06:00 PM

Jose Valentin will likely head to New York to get an anti-inflammatory injection in his sore neck.

Valentin is suffering from what feels like a pinched nerve, something the shot cured when he was with the White Sox. If it doesn't do the trick this time and Valentin requires surgery, he could be looking at retirement. "To go through pain (again), rehabbing - no ... My career has been good enough. Move on. Plan B. Coaching, taking care of my kids, living la vida loca," Valentin said.
Tue, Mar 18, 2008 10:29:00 AM

Jose Valentin is suffering from what he suggests could be a pinched nerve in his neck.

Valentin is on a minor-league contract, but has said he'd rather retire than start the season in Triple-A, unless he was there to rehab his knee. Since the neck injury is slowing his recovery, that could end up being the case.
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 10:42:00 AM

Jose Valentin said Friday he will not accept an assignment to Triple-A and would rather retire.

"I'm not going down there because they say I don't make it," said Valentin. "I don't have to prove something in Triple-A. Money-wise, it's not a big deal. I think that if I just shut it down right now and retire, I've still got enough money to live the rest of my life." Valentin says the only way he will spend time in Triple-A is on a short stint to rehab knee.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 10:39:00 AM

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