This one slipped by me until Roch mentioned it today in his blog. He was signed on Jan 10th.
This looks like a Wojo signing to me. Long time minor league starter, who has had a cup of coffee in the majors. From the Dominican.
Between AAA and the winter league his stats this past season are:
19-3, 2.01 ERA, 29 S, 188.1 IP, 171 H, 162 SO, 1.019 WHIP
He played with Houston at AAA in 2016 going 12-1, 3.12 ERA in the PCL. So Elias knows him well.
Valdez doesn't look like someone that is ticketed for the AAA rotation that already has 6 starters in it. If he shows something in ST he could be in the O's rotation or long relief. If he doesn't show enough in ST he is probably gone.
Just saw Little Women and I agree it was great. I hadn’t read the book either but I did tour Louisa May Alcotts house in Concord once. Probably would be more enjoyable now that I saw the movie based on her book.