Valencia was cut loose by the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Baltimore was unable to find a trade partner after designating Valencia for assignment Friday, so he will now hit the free-agent market. Across 79 games with the Orioles this year, Valencia slashed .263/.316/.408 with nine home runs and 28 RBI. The 33-year-old has the ability to provide value at the plate, though the rebuilding Orioles were unwilling to give him at-bats at the expense of their younger players. He will look to latch on with a new organization for the homestretch of the 2018 season.
Valencia was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday.
Valencia has started only four of the last 10 games so it's relatively easy to see why the Orioles would make the move, despite his .325 average since the All-Star break. Outfielder Cedric Mullins joins Baltimore from Triple-A Norfolk for his first taste of the majors.
Valencia will serve as the Orioles' designated hitter and bat fifth Sunday against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The Orioles have included Valencia in the lineup in only two of their past six games with Renato Nunez taking over as the club's primary third baseman. Valencia's ability to slot in at DH or at one of the corner-outfield spots should still help him pick up occasional starts, but the rebuilding Orioles aren't committed to giving a 33-year-old on an expiring contract consistent at-bats.
Valencia is out of the lineup against Texas on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia will remain on the bench for a second straight game while Renato Nunez gets another start at third base. Across 76 games this year, Valencia is hitting .270/.322/.422 with nine home runs and 28 RBI.
Valencia is out of Thursday's lineup against the Rangers, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Valencia will receive his third day off in four games, as Renato Nunez is slated to man the hot corner and bat seventh. Valencia hit .241 with a home run and five RBI through 17 tilts in July.
Valencia is out of the lineup against the Yankees on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia will take a seat for the second straight game as Renato Nunez draws another start at third base for the series finale. Over the month of July, Valencia has hit .241/.262/.310 with five RBI and 15 strikeouts in 17 games.
Valencia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
One of several Orioles players likely to be available as Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Valencia has boosted his stock with a 10-for-24 showing at the plate coming out of the All-Star break. He'll get a routine rest following three straight starts as Jace Peterson receives a turn at third base.
Valencia is not in the lineup against Boston on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia will retreat to the bench after going 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts during Sunday's loss to Toronto. In his place, Jace Peterson will man right field and bat ninth.
Valencia is out of the lineup against Toronto on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia will receive a day off after going 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts during Friday's contest. In his place, Joey Rickard will man right field and bat eighth.
Valencia is out of Thursday's lineup against the Phillies, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia has struggled of late recording just one base knock over his last 11 games, so he'll get the day off to regroup. Mark Trumbo is set to man right field with Valencia on the bench.
Valencia is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Joey Rickard will take over in right field against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Valencia started both games of Monday's doubleheader, homering in the first game, and had started against the last three opposing right-handers prior to this absence. It seems safe to assume he will continue seeing regular playing time in the second half so long as he remains in Baltimore.
Valencia went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in the first half of Monday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Valencia delivered a clutch hit in the sixth inning, blasting a three-run homer to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead. Prior to the game, he'd been hitless in his last eight tilts, with his batting average dipping from .286 to .258 over that span.
Valencia is not in Friday's lineup against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia will head to the bench for the third time in the last four games, with Joey Rickard starting in right field and batting eighth. The 33-year-old Valencia is in the midst of an 0-for-16 slump and is without a hit in July.
Valencia is not in the lineup against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
With the Orioles playing in a National League park, he will remain on the bench as Mark Trumbo gets another start in the outfield. Across 58 games this year, Valencia is hitting .275 with a .793 OPS. Look for Valencia to continue seeing regular time once the club resumes American League play.
Valencia is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.
Valencia was bumped from his typical third base position in late June by the return of Tim Beckham but had made six straight starts in right field before sitting for two games in a row. He's the victim of the lack of a designated hitter with Tuesday's game being played in Philadelphia, as Mark Trumbo will move out to play right field.
Valencia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
Valencia gets a breather after going hitless in 10 at-bats over his past three starts. Jace Peterson gets the nod in right field and will bat ninth against Angels right-hander Deck McGuire.
Valencia was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Seattle.
Valencia gave the Orioles an early lead with the second-inning home run, but was caught stealing and picked off his other two times on the basepaths. The 33-year-old has been a relative bright spot of the Baltimore offense in 2018, with a .287/.354/.467 slash line in 189 plate appearances.
Valencia is not in the lineup Monday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Valencia is hitting a solid .304/.375/.435 over his last 20 games. Tim Beckham (groin) returns from the 60-day disabled list to start at third base in his place. Bekcham is likely to reclaim an everyday role at the position, but Valencia could continue to find himself in the lineup occasionally, especially with Chris Davis in the middle of a terrible season at first base.
Valencia is out of the lineup versus the Nationals on Thursday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Valencia will take the night off following a multi-hit game Wednesday. Steve Wilkerson will get a start at the hot corner in his absence.
Valencia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Valencia will sit for the first time in six games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's 5-4 loss to boost his June batting average to .293. Jace Peterson will man the hot corner in Valencia's stead.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||49||185||22||54||15||0||0||24||14||34||2||0||.292||.346||.373|
|2012||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||69||268||30||67||17||1||7||37||15||40||1||2||.250||.289||.399|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||13||49||3||15||3||0||1||8||3||12||0||2||.306||.358||.429|
|2014||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||3||11||2||3||0||0||1||1||3||1||1||0||.273||.429||.545|