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Report: Jordany Valdespin latches on with Marlins

Jordany Valdespin of the Mets strikes out to

Jordany Valdespin of the Mets strikes out to end the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. (June 11, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jordany Valdespin still could be a headache for the Mets in 2014. Just in a different uniform.

According to Baseball America on Friday, Valdespin will sign a minor-league deal with the Marlins less than a month after he was non-tendered by the Mets.

A polarizing figure in Queens, Valdespin seemed to infuriate his teammates as much as the opposition, and ultimately the Mets figured he was more trouble than his raw ability was worth.

When Valdespin threw a clubhouse tantrum in front of general manager Sandy Alderson after being notified of his demotion in early July, the team's patience was near its end.

The last straw came a month later when Valdespin received a 50-game suspension for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, the Miami-based clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

In parts of two seasons, Valdespin batted .219 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 160 games.

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