For the second straight season, Danny Valencia played in 130 games after averaging 72 from 2012-2015. The Mariners played Valencia primarily at first base, depriving him of the third-base and outfield eligibility he's enjoyed the previous two years. After batting .290 and .287 in 2015 and 2016, Valencia's average plummeted to .256, a result of a drop in contact in tandem with a below-average hard-hit rate. Valencia's down season was punctuated by a terrible September where he slashed just .148/.333/.259 after rosters expanded. He maintained his mid-teens power, but in today's power-happy climate, that's nothing, especially from a first baseman. Valencia played 2017 on a one-year contract, setting himself up to play for his eighth organization since debuting in 2010. There's a chance Valencia picks up position flexibility in-season, but he will begin the season eligible at just first base in most leagues and is at best a corner or utility in single league formats.
Valencia (calf) entered Thursday's game at third base in the second inning, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles didn't seem to be too concerned over Valencia's status after he missed a couple games earlier this week due to calf soreness, and it appears as though he should be at 100 percent prior to Opening Day. Over 130 games with the Mariners last season, Valencia hit .256/.314/.411 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI.
Valencia (calf) claimed that he could've played in Monday's Grapefruit League game if it was the regular season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The veteran infielder is seemingly being extra careful with his injury since it's still spring training, but it's good to hear that there is little concern about the issue. Expect Valencia to return to game action sometime in the next couple days.
Valencia is unavailable for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins due to minor calf soreness, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline.com reports. Valencia is battling for a bench role with the Orioles this spring. He hit .256/.314/.411 in 130 games for the Mariners last season and is 6-for-29 with two homers so far in Grapefruit League play. His injury appears to be minor and shouldn't impact his chances of making the Opening Day roster, though the exact details remain unclear.
Valencia has signed a minor-league deal with Baltimore, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Valencia hit .256/.314/.411 in 130 games for the Mariners last season, unremarkable numbers for a player who played primarily as a first baseman. The 33-year-old can play all four corner positions and could win a role as a bench bat for the Orioles, though his fantasy value is likely to be limited unless an injury opens up unexpected playing time.
Valencia went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and a walk in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Athletics. Valencia's 410-foot shot to center in the seventh erased a 3-2 deficit and gave the Mariners a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The 33-year-old hadn't gone deep since Aug. 28, and the three RBI he tallied with Tuesday's round tripper brought his monthly total to a meager four. The lack of run production is part of what has been a miserable September for Valencia, one that's seen him hit just .167 over 32 plate appearances.