May 17th, 2009
1B Domingo De Jesús (30, ML) - $7.7
1B Álex Valdés (19, SS-A) - minor league contract
De Jesús had a solid '09 season with Manchester. The former All-Star batted .277 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs in 121 games after being traded in May. He grades out as an above average productive hitter. Although no longer putting up All-Star numbers, De Jesús still is capable of putting up productive numbers.
Valdés had a subpar '09 season with Charleston's SS-A affiliate. Overall, he is an average ballplayer who most likely will be unable to stick at the big league level. More offensive production is needed from the traditional power position of 1B.