Last night in the Dominican Republic, Wilson Valdez continued his torrid winter with a 3-for-3 effort in the Gigantes' loss to Estrellas.
Valdez, who has been playing shortstop, doubled and continued to hit second for a Cibao club that featured Phillies minor league utility outfielder Rich Thompson hitting third and former Beerleaguer talking point Pedro Feliz batting sixth. On the opposite side, Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez did not play for Estrellas. Bearing in mind there’s only so much one can glean from a box score, Martinez seems to be hitting just fine, but has committed an unhealthy share of errors. He's been playing short this winter, but can field any position. ... In Mexico, catching prospect Sebastian Valle went 0-for-3 in Mochis' Game 3 loss to Guasave. He played left again. … In other news, an Inquirer source said the Phillies have made a formal offer to Chad Durbin and Durbin, who is entertaining outside offers but would prefer to stay in Philadelphia, has countered. The report suggests Durbin seeks more than the $2.125 million he made last season. Beerleaguer's official position is to fill Durbin's role internally.