Utility infielder Wilson Valdez was traded Wednesday to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for left-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Horst, according to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Valdez, 33, played a vital fill-in role for the Phillies over the past seasons as starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins and third baseman Placido Polanco battled nagging injuries. He batted .249 in 2011 with one home run and 30 RBIs in 99 games. He also picked up a win on the mound in an unforgettable relief appearance in extra innings on May 25 against Cincinnati.
Horst, 26, spent much of last season at Triple-A Louisville, but still managed to go 0-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 big-league appearances. He was selected in the 21st round of the 2007 draft and will be a non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training.
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