NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jordany Valdespin is no longer a Met, but he’s staying in the National League East.
The 25-year-old will sign a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins, according to Baseball America.
The utility player appeared in 160 games for the Mets over the past two seasons. He was non-tendered — along with pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison and infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner — at the beginning of the month.
It’s fitting that Valdespin will sign with New York’s division rivals. Last offseason, the left-handed hitter posted pictures of himself wearing a Marlins hat while still on the Mets. Predictably, the photos were not received well by many Mets fans.
Valdespin was also the subject of controversy both on and off the field in 2013. In May, he was reportedly upset that his teammates didn’t back him up after he was hit by a pitch.
General manager Sandy Alderson even admitted to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, “I’m not telling you he’s the most popular guy in the clubhouse. That would be misleading.”
Then, in August, Valdespin was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for his ties to the Biogenesis of America clinic.
Valdespin batted .188 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats for the Amazin’s last season, posting a dreadful .250 on-base percentage.
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