Danny Valencia had a career year in 2015, and remarkably, he did it in fewer than two-thirds of the plate appearances he had the last time he was a regular. Over 105 games, Valencia batted .290 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI with the Blue Jays and Athletics. It would be easy to assume Valencia padded his stats while with Toronto, but he actually hit for more power and with a higher on-base percentage with Oakland. Valencia will return to the A's, this time as their everyday third baseman. On the chance that he can come close to last season's production, he could be a late-round flier in standard mixed leagues.
Valencia agreed to a one-year, $3.15 million contract with the Athletics on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Now that Valencia's contract has been settled, he can turn his focuses to holding onto the everyday third base job for the Athletics. The 30-year-old batted .290/.345/.519 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI betweent he Blue Jays and Athletics last season, and will look to continue his hot-hitting ways in 2016.
Athletics infielder Danny Valencia (elbow) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Valencia will get the start Monday despite taking a pitch off the elbow the day before. He will bat cleanup against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia is considered day to day after taking a pitch off of the elbow Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Valencia was hit on the elbow pad by a pitch, causing him to leave the game after logging just one at-bat. X-rays returned negative and Valencia told reporters he's fine, but the team is considering him day to day nonetheless.
Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia had a monstrous game on Friday, as he went 3 for 3 with two homers, a walk, and three RBI in a 4-3 win over the Astros. It was shocking to see the Blue Jays designate Valencia for assignment in early August, so the A's came in and swooped him for the future. Valencia has put together a very nice season, as he has a .288 average to go along with 16 homers and 60 RBI in just 295 at-bats. Most fantasy circles think of Valencia as a lefty-killer, but he actually has better numbers off righties this season and he's shown his versatility all season long.
Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia has overcome a shoulder issue and is back in action Thursday as the cleanup hitter against the White Sox, per Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. Valencia missed two games with issue, but has claimed an advantageous spot in Oakland's lineup. He had a really nice month or so, but his career numbers suggest he is better suited for the short side of a platoon. It would not be surprising if he regressed over the final two weeks of the season.