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Former Phillies infielder joins Riversharks
CAMDEN, N.J. The Camden Riversharks announced that they have signed former Philadelphia Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez.
Valdez was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Montreal Expos in 1997 and was signed by the Florida Marlins in 2002. He went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets organizations before joining the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.
In April, 2010, Valdez was called-up by the Phillies to replace the injured Jimmy Rollins and Juan Castro in the infield. In addition to playing shortstop, Valdez has played second base and third base.
Valdez was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in early 2012 and appeared in 77 games for the club. He went on to sign with the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins before joining the Riversharks.
Valdez provides the Riversharks with another utility player option and can play essentially any infield position which has been a focus for the team to start the season. Considered a defensive specialist and carrying a career fielding percentage of .981, Valdez will anchor the Riversharks defense as well as the locker room with his veteran presence.
“We are excited to add a former Phillies player like Wilson Valdez to our roster,” said Adam Lorber, General Manager and President of the Camden Riversharks. “Fans can look forward to seeing another former Phillies player bring the Riversharks more veteran experience as well as superior defense that can be utilized at in the infield.”
About the Camden Riversharks
The Camden Riversharks are entering their 13th season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Since 2001, the Riversharks have hosted all of their home games at Campbell’s Field, located along the Camden Waterfront. The team provides a “Quad-A” baseball product, while maintaining an affordable family friendly atmosphere.
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