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On To The Next One: Jordany Valdespin

New York Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin (1) reacts after hitting solo home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Mets, 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Center fielder Jordany Valdespin is now a client of Metis Sports Management. Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The name Jordany Valdespin should certainly ring a bell.  Valdespin served a 50-game suspension for his role in the recent Biogenesis PED scandal, which eventually resulted in the suspension of 13 players.

Not to mention, the second baseman/outfielder also recently changed agents, switching from ACES to Metis Sports Management, an agency that dropped its football representation division two years ago and now solely represents baseball players.  A Michigan-based agency, Metis’ client list also includes Erik Kratz of the Toronto Blue Jays and Fernando Rodriguez of the Oakland Athletics.

Valdespin made headlines once again as the Miami Marlins signed the 26-year-old to a minor league contract after playing the last two seasons with the New York Mets.  The catch?  The Marlins didn’t give him an invitation to Spring Training and as a result, Valdespin will have to make the team on his own.

In 2012, Valdespin set the Mets’ record for pinch-hit homeruns in a single season (5).  During his short MLB career, he is batting .219 with 12 homeruns and 42 RBIs.