Valera cleared waivers and was assigned to the alternate training site Sunday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. He unsurprisingly went unclaimed and will serve as organizational infield depth for Toronto this season.
Valera was designated for assignment Thursday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. The infielder was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Joe Panik. Valera didn't see game action in 2020 but has suited up for five different teams over the prior three seasons, and the 29-year-old could soon be joining a new organization.
Valera was activated from the restricted list and will be active for Sunday's spring opener against the Yankees. The 29-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in early July, but he never reported to summer camp and landed on the restricted list for unspecified reasons. Valera is now back with the team for spring training and will compete for an infield utility role with Toronto.
Valera, who has been on the restricted list since July, reported to Blue Jays camp earlier this week, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. For now, Valera is still on the restricted list, so the Blue Jays would need to activate him and add him to the 40-man roster before he's eligible to play again. Nicholson-Smith expects the Blue Jays to announce a transaction within the next few days. Valera will be vying for a utility role with Toronto this spring.
Valera is unable to report to camp for unspecified reasons and was placed on the restricted list Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. The 28-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Padres in early July, but he hasn't appeared in camp with his new team. Valera has now changed organizations seven times -- including a previous stint with the Blue Jays -- and had a .234/.308/.383 slash line in 52 big-league plate appearances in 2019.