New York Mets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jordany Valdespin had a two-week absence from playing for his winter-ball club in the Dominican Republic because of a team-imposed suspension for insubordination, two sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
Valdespin reappeared as a pinch hitter Saturday after being idle since Nov. 14.
The discipline issue was comparable to the maturity problems the Mets have experienced with Valdespin over the years, one source said.
While Valdespin has some champions within the Mets organization because of his tools, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for him to get traded this offseason. The problem: Other teams also are aware of Valdespin's behavioral track record. One possible destination if a trade materializes would be San Diego, where front-office deputy Omar Minaya is a longtime fan of Valdespin.