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Blue Jays acquire Danny Valencia from Royals for Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks

Jul 28, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

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It’s not a big deal, but the Blue Jays and Royals have pulled off a trade this evening which will send infielder Danny Valencia to Toronto and catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks to Kansas City.

Valencia, 29, is batting .282/.328/.382 with two home runs and 11 RBI over 119 plate appearances this season. While he does most of his damage against left-handed pitching, he could see semi-regular playing time at third base until Brett Lawrie is ready to return from a fractured right index finger.

Kratz has hit just .198/226/.346 in 84 plate appearances at the major league level this season, but he slugged 18 home runs over 118 games with the Phillies from 2012-2013. At the very least, he has a chance to be an upgrade over Brett Hayes as Salvador Perez‘s backup. Hendriks, 25, owns an ugly 6.06 over 31 starts and two relief appearances in the majors. With a 2.33 ERA in Triple-A this year, he’ll serve as rotation depth with his new club.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    The Jays need someone who can hit left handed pitchers. Valencia fills that need. This season, Toronto has had a lot of difficulty against lefties.

  2. ethanallenhawley - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Good idea Royals….ignore what little he’s done in Toronto and focus on the inflated power numbers he racked up playing in that little league field in South Philly.

    I guess the brass thinks Moose has been fixed since he’s flirting with the Mendoza line after 4 months of baseball.

    No doubt, this will propel us into the postseason.

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    sometimes I hate being a royals fan

  4. migoli - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Hey hey, couple if disappointing former twins being traded for each other

  5. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Hope you Royals fans like turkey bacon.

  6. thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Dayton Moore….Kevin Towers…Dayton Moore….Kevin Towers…. Rueben I just can’t decide.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      The Jays are talking with Reuben; so I can’t say anything negative about him right now.

  7. vapor54 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Valencia is quite a nomad

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