Yankees claim Raul Valdes off waivers from St. LouisBy
Valdes, 33, had been designated for assignment earlier this week when St. Louis signed Arthur Rhodes. You might have seen him pitch with the Mets last year, his first taste of the big leagues after spending a bunch of time in various independent leagues. His splits against left-handed batters are terrible (.327/.377/.602 against in 107 PA), which isn’t all that surprising as a high-80′s fastball/mid-70′s curveball guy. Valdes definitely has minor league options left, so I expect him to go to Triple-A.