Cuban southpaw Raul Valdes, 33, has appeared in 51 Major League games between 2010 and 2011, all but one as a reliever. Thirteen of those appearances were split between the Cardinals and Yankees last season.
Valdes, who ended the regular season as part of the Yankees' bullpen, defected from Cuba in 2003 and was signed by the Cubs. He broke into the Bigs as a Met in 2010 and pitched in 39 games. In two seasons, he's 3-4 with a 4.58 ERA, a 71/33 K/BB ratio and a haywire left/right split of .936 OPS against lefties and .690 OPS against righties. Most of his work in 2011 came in the minor leagues, split between Double and Triple-A, most of it with Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals). Since his defection, Valdes has floated in and out of affiliated ball, including a stint in the independent Can-Am league. Valdes will reportedly go to Clearwater as a non-roster invitee where he will compete for a job as the second lefty in the Phillies' 'pen. [Full report]
Valdez staying sharp in DR: The Phillies' other Valdez(s), Wilson, is back on the diamond in the Dominican Winter League. After six games, the Phillies' top shortstop on the depth chart is 5-for-21 with a homer.