The Phillies have traded Wilson Valdez to the Reds for pitcher Jeremy Horst.
Horst is a 26-year-old lefty with 15.1 career innings pitched and 2.93 ERA that is 2.93 points higher than Valdez’s.
But why the trade? The Big Poker himself, Ruben Amaro, spoke with the Inquirer's Matt Gelb: [Philly.com]
"We decided we were comfortable with the guys we had," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said by phone. "At the same time he had value for us. He served a pretty valuable role for us. But generally, we felt like we had coverage in that area."
"Once we signed Jimmy, we felt like we have three shortstop options in Martinez, Galvis and Valdez," Amaro said. "So we felt OK and comfortable enough to go ahead and move Valdez."
As Gelb notes, the Phillies also have minor leaguers Pete Orr, Kevin Frandsen and Hector Luna. Plus, the Phillies signed Valdez to a $930,000 contract earlier this month– the other guys are all at or near the league minimum, which was $414,000 in 2011. Bargains, yo.