-- The D-Backs announced that they sent 25 year old RHP Cesar Valdez to the Bucs as the PTBNL in the Zach Duke dump. Valdez got a cup of coffee in Arizona last year, going 1-2 with a 7.65 ERA in nine appearances, two of them starts.
Valdez, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free agent in 2005, isn't considered a prospect, and his AAA stats bear that out. In two seasons at Reno, he was a starter with a 13-16 record, 5.34 ERA, 1.508 WHIP and 7.1 Ks/game against 3.7 walks/game. Not very inspiring; he looks like just a warm body.
-- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweeted that Scott Olsen's contract is for $500K with up to $3M more available in incentive money. The deal includes a $4M club option for 2012.