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Nats Sign Cintron, Valentin

The Nationals today agreed to non-guaranteed minor league deals with two free agents, shortstop Alex Cintron and catcher Javier Valentin.

Cintron, 30, has been in the big leagues since 2001, playing for the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Orioles. (He also was briefly with the Cubs, though he was released before he ever played a game.) Last year, with Baltimore, he batted .286 with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 133 AB. (.321 OBP, .361 SLG).

Valentin, 33, has been a long-time back up catcher, most recently with the Cincinnati Reds (2004-08). Lifetime he's a .251 hitter and last year, in 129 AB, he hit .256 with four home runs and 18 RBI. (.326 OBP, .411 SLG)

By Chico Harlan  |  February 3, 2009; 7:22 PM ET
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Wow. My cup runneth over. Will they ever be able to top these deals?

Posted by: willgiery | February 3, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I assume Valentin will have a fair shot to compete with Nieves for the backup spot. He is a switch hitter and had 70 pinch hitting appearances for the Reds last year. He only caught 17 games last year, but he has had success in the role in previous years. Nieves is a good guy to have on the team, but his offensive production last year suprised almost everybody.

Posted by: natbisquit | February 3, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah this is what it would look like from the upper deck when Man-ny homers at Nats park.

His second of the game vs. San Diego last year. A must see for any Man-ny fan. Both went out to death valley in center>

Posted by: Brue | February 3, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually, these are surprisingly good signings for experienced back-ups.

They're not Adam Dunn, of course -- but, we could a lot worse than having Nicky at first, if he stays healthy.

Posted by: fischy | February 3, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Valentin has some pop. I remember seeing him at BP in RFK a couple of times, both times his power seemed impressive. At least against the BP pitcher.

Posted by: mike8 | February 4, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

"Most recently with the Cincinnati Reds (2004-08)." Shocker!

Posted by: frog7694 | February 4, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

This is just what the Nats needed...another light hitting middle infielder.

Posted by: BergmannonMan | February 4, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Fire Jim Bowden. read what others are saying about the Nats and get on the bandwagon at:

Posted by: uncledak | February 4, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

When are the Nats gonna sign free agents who can definitely improve the team? I'm tired of all the minor league deals with (almost) nothing more of an immediate impact on the team. It's feeling more and more like the DC area got ripped off by spending the money it did to get a team here, when the team won't at least be competitive in payroll.

Posted by: cgriesba | February 4, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I feel confident that these two signings will get the Nats down below a hundred losses next season. Say, 99? Or maybe even 98.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 4, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

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