The Colorado Rockies signed right-hander Phillips Valdez to a minor league contract. He had reached minor league free agency late in the season after being cut from the Mariners’ 40-man roster in October.
Valdez did not adjust to MLB level with Seattle. He spent his time in the organization with Triple-A Tacoma, where he worked to a 4.22 ERA in 21 1/3 innings of relief. Valdez struck out just 16.3% of the batters faced at that level, even though he led up ground balls on nearly half the batted balls he allowed:
Before landing with the Mariners, the 31-year-old veteran from Dominican Republic pitched in 13 MLB games for the Boston Red Sox. Over 16 1/3 frames, he posted a 4.41 ERA with an 18.1% strikeout rate and a massive 58.7% ground ball percentage.
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A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, the 6-foot-1 Phillips Chalier Valdez has pitched in the Major Leagues in each of the past four years. Made 76 appearances with the Texas Rangers and Red Soxthrowing 102 2/3 frames with a 4.56 ERA.
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