I could sit here and tell you everything wrong with Jordany Valdespin, but we all know what's wrong with him. He's 26 years old and acts like someone 1/3rd of his age. And given everything he's been through in the past 4 months, and now with this suspension, it's safe to say he won't be back playing for the New York Mets next year.
Given the media circus this guy was alone, not to mention what he did to the clubhouse, him getting suspended for PEDs would probably be a bigger story that it is right now. If it wasn't for 13 other players getting suspended (and that guy on the Yankees who's gotten some attention himself) you might here about this more than just on a short segment on SNY, and a small article in the back of the paper. But it's not that big of a story, and the Mets really wouldn't have it any other way. After he basically single-handedly made the Mets New York's Baseball version of the Jets, the Mets should be glad this isn't garnering as much attention as it normally would. Jordany Valdespin did something controversial and the New York media almost doesn't even care! It's a miracle!
But, this isn't about that. Jordany Valdespin will probably never be a Met again, and his future in the MLB is in jeopardy too. A team could very well take a chance on him, because he's got some talent, but would they be willing to put up with this walking headache? He does have some skills, but is a .230 hitter who plays sub-par defense with decent power and decent speed so hard to find? Not at all. And teams can probably find a player of the same caliber who's much easier to deal with and doesn't think they're the second coming of Jesus Christ himself.
Sure, he'd be an okay piece to keep in the minors, but he's a headache everywhere he goes. He frustrated Mets minor league players and coaches for years, and he even got suspended from Winter Ball!
Of course, the Mets could pull the absolute dick move and cut him now instead of the offseason, so he can't serve his suspension as a Met, and would have to serve it if he ever gets signed again. That would make it even harder for him to get even a minor league job. But the Mets will probably handle this situation with class.
So what does one make of his future in Baseball at this point? Is his career over? Can he salvage it at this point? Will he ever step on an MLB field again? Does he deserve a 2nd chance? Or is he the next Long Island Duck?
I could actually see the Ducks making a play for him. They'll do whatever it takes to get fans in the ballpark, like getting Dontrelle Willis, Vladimir Guerrero, Armando Benitez, and Carlos Zambrano (before he went to the Phillies) Hell, I'd pay to see that.
What do you make of his future?