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Danny Valencia | Third Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.
Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody. Feb 26 - 1:31 PM

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Blue Jays 3B Danny Valencia has been awarded $1.675 million through arbitration.

The arbiter ruled in favor of Valencia over the Blue Jays, who offered $1.25 million. It was the team's first arbitration case to go to a hearing since 1997. Valencia will see some playing time versus lefties in 2015.
Feb 6 - 9:05 AM

Danny Valencia requested $1.675 million and was offered $1.25 million from the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com had projected Valencia to earn $1.7 million, so it appears the Blue Jays will be getting a bargain wherever the two sides eventually settle. He'll be nothing more than a role player on the 2015 Blue Jays, seeing the majority of his work against southpaws.
Jan 16 - 8:26 PM

Danny Valencia doubled, tripled and drove in three runs Monday versus the Mariners.

This is pretty much the first good game Valencia has had since the Jays started talking him up as a potential 2015 regular at third base. With three more strikeouts tonight, he has a 19/0 K/BB ratio to go along with his .197 average in 71 at-bats this month. He should only be in the Jays' plans for 2015 as an option against lefties.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Danny Valencia hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

Valencia, known for hitting left-handed pitching, has hit both of his home runs as a Blue Jay off of right-handers. His second inning home run off of Jeremy Hellickson put the Jays up 1-0. He has four on the season along with 18 RBI and a .284/.328/.405 slash line.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Getting a rare start against right-handed pitching, Danny Valencia responded by going 2-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

He has done a very nice job in his limited time this season, slashing .283/.324/.377 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI in 138 at-bats. He is currently getting work at first base, but should be relegated back to a bench role once Edwin Encarnacion returns.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that he plans to give Danny Valencia a shot against right-handed pitching.

"We want to see what he can do," Gibbons said. Valencia has already shown what he can do (or can't do) versus righties in his career, batting .228 with a .623 OPS. Evidently Gibbons needs to see it with his own eyes, though. With Brett Lawrie (oblique) out again, the Jays don't have many options at third base.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz.

Valencia can play third base against left-handed pitching until Brett Lawrie (finger) is ready to return, and even then he might still get starts if Lawrie is used at second base. The 29-year-old has batted .282/.328/.382 with two homers over 36 games for the Royals this season and is a career .333/.369/.510 batter versus southpaws.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Danny Valencia (hand) finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Valencia was hit on the left hand by a Chris Sale pitch on Monday and suffered a minor bruise. The backup infielder is hitting .287/.333/.389 in 34 games this year.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 04:20:00 AM

X-rays on Danny Valencia's left hand came back negative.

Valencia was plunked by a Chris Sale pitch Monday and eventually had to leave the game. He'll be fine but might be unavailable for a day or two.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Danny Valencia admitted Monday that his left hand is still not 100 percent.

Valencia was activated from the disabled list on Sunday after missing a couple weeks with a strained left hand. He played all nine innings Sunday but concedes that the hand is still compromised. "I felt all right, my hand is not 100 percent, but it's enough that I can compete," Valencia said. Valencia will start at third base against left-handers, with Mike Moustakas getting the call versus righties.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 09:24:00 PM

Royals activated 3B Danny Valencia from the 15-day disabled list

Valencia got in three rehab games with Triple-A Omaha and didn't have any issues with his left wrist, clearing the way for his return. Mike Moustakas has four homers over his last 11 games and will continue to play against most right-handers, which means Valencia is back to facing mostly lefties.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Danny Valencia (wrist) was scheduled to take batting practice Monday.

Assuming he gets through it with no issues, he's expected to be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Valencia should need just a handful of rehab games before possibly returning by the end of this week.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 08:27:00 PM

Danny Valencia (wrist) expects to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.

Valencia expects to only need a couple rehab games, so it sounds like he'll be back just after his 15 days are up. Mike Moustakas' struggles have continued since he replaced Valencia, so he could go back to Triple-A.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Daric Barton
4Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Steve Tolleson
4Ramon Santiago
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Andy Dirks
3Chris Dickerson
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
3Ezequiel Carrera
4Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Caleb Gindl
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4Marcus Stroman
5Aaron Sanchez
6Marco Estrada
7Daniel Norris
8Johan Santana
9Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Chad Jenkins
5Ryan Tepera
6Scott Barnes
7Preston Guilmet
8Matt West
9Gregory Infante
10Jeff Francis
11Scott Copeland
12Cory Burns
13Wilton Lopez
14Greg Burke