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Mets sign infielder Jose Valentin01/18/2008 2:25 PM ET
FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today signed infielder Jose Valentin to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Valentin, 38, batted .241 (40-166) with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 18 RB in 51 games with New York last year. His season was cut short after suffering a fractured right tibia when he fouled a pitch off his leg on July 20th at Los Angeles. Jose had previously been placed on the 15-Day Disabled List with a partial tear of the ACL ligament of his right knee on April 30th, retroactive to April 29th. He returned from the DL on July 7th.
The 5-10, 190-pound, switch-hitter underwent right knee ACL surgery on September 25, 2007. Mets Team Physician Dr. Struan Coleman performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
"Jose is progressing well from his surgery and already is rehabbing for his return," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "We hope he can bounce back and help us in a variety of ways."
"The main reason I came back to the Mets is that the team is focused on returning to the postseason and I want to do my part to help us win," said Valentin. "My goal is to start playing spring training games by mid-March."
Valentin batted .271 (104-384) with 24 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 137 games in 2006.
Jose has hit .243 (1,348-5,539) with 302 doubles, 41 triples, 249 home runs and 816 RBI in 1,678 major league games with the Brewers, White Sox, Dodgers and Mets.
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