Woo-hoo! Though we still don’t know where Griffey and Dunn are going to land, you can rest assured that there will be hot Latin Love Machine baseball action in the upcoming season. Javier Valentín has signed with the Washington Nationals.
Well, not rest assured; it’s a non-guaranteed minor league deal. From the story on the Nats site:
The Nationals agreed to non-guaranteed Minor League contracts with catcher Javier Valentin and shortstop Alex Cintron on Tuesday. Both will get invitations to Spring Training.
Valentin, a 33-year-old switch-hitter, appeared in 94 games for the Reds last season, batting .256 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. Throughout his 10-year Major League career, Valentin — a former third-round Draft pick of the Twins in 1993 — is a career .251 hitter.
The CTS looked it up: those 94 games yielded 129 ABs. Freaking Paul Bako squeezed 299 ABs out of 99 games and contributed .217 AVG, 6 HR, and 35 RBI. Plus, you can’t forget the differences in ‘stache-related intangibles.