May 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals third baseman Danny Valencia (rear) fields the throw as Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) slides into third with a triple during the first inning in a game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Valencia Gives the Toronto Blue Jays Another Right-Handed Bat

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.

Jul 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Danny Valencia (19) hits a RBI single against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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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