Valdez to Cincinnati adds lefty prospect

Posted Jan 25, 2012

Feeling confident that they can add more depth on the infield if needed, the Phillies sent veteran utility infielder Wilson Valdez to Cincinnati for lefty Jeremy Horst.

While he wasn't the most important player on the Phillies, Wilson Valdez was important enough that a lot of fans hated to learn that the Phillies had dealt him to Cincinnati. In exchange, the Phillies receive left-hander Jeremy Horst, who pitched in 12 games withe the reds in 2011.

The 33-year old Valdez had been with the Phillies the past two seasons after signing with the team as a free agent in November of 2009. Valdez played in 210 games with the Phillies and hit .254 during his stint with the team, while serving as a utility infielder. Valdez found playing increased playing time due to injuries to Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco during his tenure in Philadelphia.

In exchange, the Phillies get left-hander reliever Jeremy Horst. The 26-year old Horst made his major league debut with the Reds last May and pitched in 12 games with the club, posting a 2.93 ERA and no decisions.

Earlier in the off-season, the Phillies added infielder Ty Wigginton as a free agent and are thought to be exploring the remaining free agents for another veteran infielder to add to the roster.

Horst will be given a chance to fight for a bullpen spot in spring training.

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