Revs pull trigger on another off-season trade, landing MLB veteran Valdez
The York Revolution have announced two more player signings, inking infielder Wilson Valdez and outfielder Mike Massaro to contracts for the 2014 season. Valdez’ rights were acquired from the Camden Riversharks in exchange for the rights to infielder Wilson Batista. The moves were announced today by manager Mark Mason.
The acquisition of Valdez comes one week after the Revs traded for outfielder Sean Smith. Valdez finished second in the Atlantic League in stolen bases with 37 last season, one more than Smith who ranked third. Valdez also tied for second in the league in batting with a .310 average and placed fifth in on-base percentage at a .384 clip. The Dominican native appeared in 90 games for the Riversharks last season after beginning the year at Triple-A New Orleans in the Miami Marlins organization.
Valdez, 35, has spent all or parts of seven seasons at the Major League level, logging 439 total games with the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and most recently with the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. Valdez is a career .236 hitter in the majors while owning a .283 lifetime average in the minor leagues.
Valdez is remembered for a game in Philadelphia on May 25, 2011, during which he started the game at second base, and finished the game as the winning pitcher in the 19th inning. He became the first position player to earn a victory on the mound since 2000, just the second since 1968, and the first to start a game in the field and become the winning pitcher since Babe Ruth did it in 1921.
Entering his tenth professional season, Massaro will make his Atlantic League debut this spring. Originally a 13th round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2005, the 29-year-old spent his first four seasons in the A’s farm system. He was a Midwest League All-Star with Kane County in 2007 and ascended to Triple-A Sacramento the following year. A native of Pueblo, CO, Massaro made his Triple-A debut just outside his hometown, going 4-for-5 in a game at Colorado Springs.
Massaro has spent the last five seasons in the American Association with the Gary SouthShore RailCats where he has combined to bat .318, including a career-best .344 with a league record-tying 16 triples in 2011. The left-handed hitter followed that standout season with a .325 average in 2012 and 12 more triples including three in one game on June 24 against Lincoln. Last season, Massaro batted .303 while breaking his own triples record with 17. Over the course of his professional career, Massaro has batted .304 with an on-base percentage of .368.
The Revs now have 11 players officially under contract for the 2014 season, which begins on April 24 when the Revs host the Camden Riversharks at Santander Stadium. Full-season plans and mini plans ranging from 10 games to 45 games, as well as various voucher packages and gift cards are on-sale now. Individual game tickets are also now available online at YorkRevolution.com.