The story noted that Valentin, such an integral part of the Mets' success in 2006, will be unable to participate in baseball activities until mid-March because he is still rehabbing his right knee. He underwent surgery to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament on Sept. 25. The Post also said Valentin would be given a Minor League contract.
Valentin appeared in merely 51 games last season because of the knee injury suffered on April 27, and a broken tibia suffered on July 20. Since then, the club acquired and re-signed Luis Castillo to play second base. But Valentin's versatility, switch-hitting and power eventually could win him a place on the roster. He is a favorite of manager Willie Randolph.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.