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Merkin R. Valdéz Mola (born November 10, 1981) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. Valdez graduated from Escuela Rural Palenque High School in his native Dominican Republic.

Merkin Valdez
Born: (1981-11-10) November 10, 1981 (age 37)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 2004, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 2011, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record3–1
Earned run average5.57



Atlanta BravesEdit

Valdez was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1999. He played with the Braves Dominican League team in 2000 and 2001 and the Gulf Coast Braves in 2002.

San Francisco GiantsEdit

He was traded by the Braves with Damian Moss to the San Francisco Giants for Russ Ortiz on December 17, 2002. He was named San Francisco's Minor League Player of the Year and selected as a Low A All-Star in 2003 when he went 9-5 with a 2.25 ERA for the Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League. In 2004, Valdez pitched for Single-A San Jose Giants, Double-A Norwich Navigators, Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, and made his Major League debut on August 1, 2004 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in 2 games for the Giants, working 1.2 innings for a 27.00 ERA. Valdez was selected to the World squad for the All-Star Futures Game for 3 consecutive years (2003–05), held in conjunction with MLB All-Star festivities.

He spent all of 2005 in Norwich, and all of 2006 in Fresno, until injuring his arm. He missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on September 27, 2006.

Valdez returned to the Giants to appear in 17 games in 2007 and 48 games in 2009.

He was designated for assignment on January 14, 2010 by the Giants to make room on the 40 man roster for Aubrey Huff.

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On January 20, 2010, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.[1] He appeared in two games with the Blue Jays during the season, spending most of the season with the Las Vegas 51s.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On February 2, 2011 he was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[2] The Dodgers assigned him to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He opted out of his contract on July 18 and became a free agent. He had appeared in 38 games with the Isotopes with a 4-2 record, 3.58 ERA and 5 saves.

Texas RangersEdit

Valdez signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on July 24, 2011. He was assigned to the Triple-A Round Rock Express.[3] He became a free agent on November 2.[4]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On January 6, 2012, Valdez signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. He was granted free agency on November 3, 2012.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

When Valdez was first traded to the Giants, he went by the name Manny Mateo. While in his first year with the organization, however, his real name and real age (nine months older than he previously claimed) were revealed.

Valdez is single and has a son, Merkin Hanier, born August 11, 2006.


  1. ^ Bastian, Jordan. Jays acquire Valdez from Giants, Published January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Merkin 9 to 5: Valdez to toil in Dodger minor leagues
  3. ^ Links, Zach. "Rangers Notes: Valdez, Mendez, Pinto". Retrieved 24 July 2011.
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