After being designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week, Danny Valencia has found a new home in Oakland after the Athletics claimed the utility man off of waivers.
Valencia wasn’t all too pleased when he was cut by Toronto on Saturday, as he was one of the casualties of the bevy of moves the front office made to bolster their chance at the postseason.
I'm pretty upset by the move today. Never really saw it coming. I loved playing here in Toronto! I'm gonna miss all my teammates/brothers!!!
— Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19) August 1, 2015
In 58 games played this season with Toronto, Valencia posted a .296 average with an .838 OPS to go along with seven home runs and 29 RBI.
He usually finds himself in the field playing the corner infield and outfield spots.
Valencia can really help this A’s team as he is a player that will fit in well in Oakland as manager Bob Melvin like players who can play multiple positions and who can platoon. The utility right-hander can hit against lefties really well as he has hit .337 with a .900 OPS since 2013 versus southpaws.
Valencia is a bit of a journeyman right now as this is his fifth team since 2012.