Farhan Zaidi is beginning to put his fingerprints on the San Francisco Giants organization. Lately, these fingerprints have been blue colored. First, there was Zaidi’s first move to acquire former Dodgers reliever, Pat Venditte. Now, another short-term Dodger will be calling the Bay Area home.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 6, 2019
Valera was not a marquee player for the Dodgers. He appeared in 20 games and hit .172 in 29 at-bats. Then he was traded to Baltimore on July 12 where he would fare a little better, hitting .286 in limited duty. However, Zaidi has obviously identified a trait that he likes in Valera.
Originally, Valera was acquired by the Dodgers on April 1st of 2018 from the St. Louis Cardinals. This means that twice in a calendar year, Zaidi has signed off on a trade for the 27-year old utility man.
It will be interesting to see how many former Dodgers gravitate to San Francisco by way of the Farhan Express. Valera doesn’t figure to be a future All-Star by any means. However, this appears to be a move that could work out. The contact skills that Valera has should play up in San Francisco. It is not a far stretch to imagine him hitting for a high average and being valuable in several spots in a limited-duty role.
Zaidi had a vision for this player that did not pan out in Los Angeles. We will wait and see if this new path is a better one for the Valera/Zaidi marriage.
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