The mildly funny part? Valdespin was not honored by the Mets as part of the team's Sterling Awards. Here's Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan on Valdespin:
"He's athletic enough to play shortstop. He's working on becoming more consistent there and in all phases of the game. He also showed that the hand-eye coordination and bat speed are translating into performance."Rob Steingall at SNY's Why Guys got all excited about den Dekker. It's nice to get excited about den Dekker, but before pencilling him right into your Mets centerfield fantasies, realize that he hit .235/.312/.426 for AA-Binghamton with 91 strikeouts in 72 games, fanning in 29% of his AA plate appearances in the season in which he turned 24. So, whether or not you think the Mets should tender an offer to Angel Pagan for 2012, Matt den Dekker has almost nothing to do with the decision.