Jordany Valdespin non-tendered by Mets
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Jordany Valdespin's turbulent stint with the Mets has reached its end.
A source confirmed that the club non-tendered Valdespin on Monday, officially severing ties with the troublesome utilityman, whose flashes of immaturity irked teammates and coaches.
The motivation to non-tender players is almost always related to salary, as clubs look to avoid paying for raises to underperforming players who reach arbitration. However, Valdespin is not arbitration eligible, an indication the move was motivated by his behavioral issues.
Valdespin made the opening day roster as an outfielder but hit just .188 before he was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the All-Star break. Even though the Mets could have retained Valdespin for near the league minimum salary, the 25-year-old is now a free agent after a trying season on and off the field.
Valdespin's year ended while serving a 50-game performance enhancing drug suspension after he was ensnared in baseball's Biogenesis probe. In a reflection of Valdespin's standing in his own clubhouse, one teammate said the suspension "definitely confirms his stupidity."
Prior to the suspension, Valdespin had been reprimanded for offenses ranging from insubordination to failing to run out grounders.
Earlier this season, Valdespin created a stir when he showboated following a home run, then bristled when he was plunked with a pitch in retaliation. But Valdespin may have sealed his fate in July when he greeted news of his demotion with a clubhouse tantrum witnessed by general manager Sandy Alderson.
The tirade, according to a source, came after the Mets denied Valdespin's request to place him on the disabled list with a trumped-up injury rather than send him to the minors.
Earlier in the day, the Mets also non-tendered reliever Scott Atchison and utilityman Omar Quintanilla.
According to a source, the club may announce more non-tenders on Monday before the midnight deadline.