Danny Valencia brings versatility to Blue Jays

The Blue Jays acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Royals for catcher Eric Kratz and pitcher...

The Blue Jays acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Royals for catcher Eric Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks on Monday night. (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

BOSTON - The balance of power in the American League shifted in the first inning Monday night.

It wasn’t the same seismic wave other contenders felt when David Cone was acquired buy the Blue Jays from the New York Mets in 1992.

Or when Rickey Henderson set off a tremor arriving from the Oakland A’s the next year.

In a move resembling the Jays acquiring Lee Mazzilli from Mets in 1989 the Jays acquired third baseman Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals to platoon at third base with Juan Francisco.

The Jays gave up catcher Eric Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks for Valencia. Kratz hit .198 with three homers, 12 RBIs and a .572 OPS in 34 games with the Jays and .299 with three homers, 17 RBIs and an .871 OPS in 27 games at triple-A Buffalo.

Hendriks was 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts with the Jays, while dominating at Buffalo going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 starts.


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