So what will Valencia bring to the Jays lineup? He will provide John Gibbons with another right-handed bat off the bench in late-game situations. With Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie still sidelined and Kevin Pillar banished to the minors, utility man Steve Tolleson has been the only option in that regard.
Valencia has spent most of his career at third base, but has some experience at second as well. That flexibility is another asset for Gibbons.
Over the course of his career, the 29-year old has hit .265, but dominates left-handed pitching. Valencia bats .333 against southpaws.
In his five-year career, Valencia has seen time with the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, and now the Blue Jays.
Hendriks appeared in three games for the Jays. He went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA. Hendriks pitched well in his first two starts, but was lit up in Cincinnati against the Reds. He started for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this month.
Kratz hit .198 in the majors this season, travelling between Toronto and Buffalo quite frequently. Even though the numbers do not jump out at you, the veteran catcher was a solid presence for the Blue Jays this season. He caught some of Toronto’s best-pitched games, including Drew Hutchison‘s complete game in Texas back in May.
All the best to these two in Kansas City.
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