Saraperos de Saltillo
|Third baseman, Left fielder|
October 14, 1976 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|July 28, 2001 for the Montreal Expos|
Last MLB appearance
|October 1, 2006 for the Washington Nationals|
|Runs batted in||10|
Henry Antonio Mateo Valera (born October 14, 1976 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a professional baseball infielder. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball from 2001–06, and part of the 2010 season in Chinese Professional Baseball League. He is currently playing for the Saraperos de Saltillo in the Mexican League.
Mateo was drafted by the Montreal Expos at age 18 in the second round of the 1995 amateur draft. He spent the next 6 years in the Expos' minor league system before making his major league debut in 2001. He remained with the team when they moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Nationals in 2005. After batting .154 in 2006, he was granted free agency after the season.
Tigers, Rays, and independent ball
In 2007, he signed with the Detroit Tigers, spending all of that season with their top farm team, the Toledo Mud Hens. He was released by the Detroit Tigers on April 21, 2008. Later in 2008 signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He batted .318 for the Bluefish and led his team in hits with 170. On May 24, 2009, Mateo was signed to a minor league contract by the Tampa Bay Rays and immediately optioned to the minor league Durham Bulls, where he ended the season. Mateo is currently being sought for the civil charge of criminal conversation in North Carolina.
Mexico and Taiwan
Mateo became a free agent again after the 2009 season. He then went to the Mexican League, signing with the Vaqueros Laguna. He was later traded to the Diablos Rojos del México, but was subsequently released. In July, Mateo was signed by Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions in Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. He finished the year there, and returned to Mexico with the Olmecas de Tabasco in 2011.