Pat Valaika

#74 2B / Baltimore Orioles / EXP: 4YRS / MINORS Height: 5-11 Weight: 212 lb Age: 27 College: UCLA Bats/Throws -/-

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      Orioles' Pat Valaika: Outrighted to Triple-A

      Pat Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.The transaction marks the second time Valaika has been dropped from the Orioles' roster this offseason and the fourth time he's been DFA'd overall this winter. He was claimed off waivers on each of the previous three occasions but passed through unclaimed this time.

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      Orioles' Pat Valaika: Back with Baltimore

      Pat Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.Brandon Kline was designated for assignment to free up a roster spot for Valaika, who is back with the Orioles just three weeks after the team lost him to the Diamondbacks via waivers. The 27-year-old was effective across 84 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2019, hitting .320/.364/.589 with 22 home runs, but he couldn't translate his success to the majors, evidenced by his .190/.256/.316 line with 34 strikeouts in 40 big-league games with the Rockies.

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      Diamondbacks' Pat Valaika: DFA'd by Arizona

      Pat Valaika was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.This is the second time Valaika has been booted from a 40-man roster this month, as he was sent to waivers earlier in January by the Orioles before being scooped up by Arizona. He'll need to clear waivers before being outrighted to Triple-A Reno.

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      Diamondbacks' Pat Valaika: Claimed by Diamondbacks

      Pat Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.Valaika was designated for assignment by the Orioles last Friday after posting a .190 batting average and one home run over 40 major-league games with the Rockies in 2019. He had a strong showing at the Triple-A level with a .320/.364/.589 slash line with 22 home runs, but he'll need to show more consistency against higher-end competition if he hopes to secure a major-league roster spot.

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      Orioles' Pat Valaika: Booted from 40-man roster

      Pat Valaika was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.Baltimore claimed Richard Urena off waivers Friday, and Valaika was sent to waivers to make room on the 40-man roster. He spent the 2019 season with the Rockies, struggling to a .190 average to go along with four RBI and seven walks.

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      Orioles' Pat Valaika: Claimed by Orioles

      Pat Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.The 27-year-old was effective in the minors in 2019, hitting .320/.364/.589 with 22 home runs in 84 games at the Triple-A level, but he couldn't translate his success to the majors, even though he got to play his home games at Coors Field. In 40 major-league games last season, Valaika hit .190/.256/.316 with 34 strikeouts. While he has some defensive versatility, Valaika will likely only fill a major-league bench role in Baltimore at best unless he can turn things around.

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      Rockies' Pat Valaika: Rejoins big-league club

      Pat Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.Valaika made the Colorado Rockies' Opening Day roster but hasn't played in the majors since before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old went 6-for-47 (.128 average) before his last demotion, but he fared better at Triple-A with a .953 OPS in 84 games. He'll start at second base and bat seventh Sunday versus the Pirates.

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      Rockies' Pat Valaika: Sent back to minors

      Pat Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.Valaika recorded a wRC+ of 9 in 133 plate appearances last season and has managed to get even worse in 53 plate appearances this year, hitting .128/.226/.213, good for a wRC+ of 5. There's little reason to believe that he'll be an interesting fantasy option when he returns to the big leagues, even at Coors Field. Kyle Freeland was recalled in a corresponding move.

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      Rockies' Pat Valaika: Makes impact as pinch hitter

      Pat Valaika went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Friday's 13-9 win over the Dodgers.Valaika's blast ignited a rally by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning, as he took Hyun-jin Ryu deep before adding an infield single on his second turn at the plate in place of starter Antonio Senzatela. It's the infielder's first hits since he returned to the big leagues June 18, having gone hitless in his previous 13 at-bats and adding only two walks and a run scored. With an .095 average, Valaika will likely continue to be limited to pinch-hitting duties.

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      Rockies' Pat Valaika: Brought back to big leagues

      Pat Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.Coors Field turns many players into interesting fantasy options, but not Valaika, who owns a career .207/.249/.395 slash line in 208 big-league games. Mike Dunn was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.