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23 Danny Valencia LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 9/19/1984 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Miami (Fla.) | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1660696.png | Owned/Started%: 3/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Athletics claim Danny Valencia off waivers from Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) The Athletics claimed infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday. He was designated for assignment Saturday.

OF Danny Valencia receives DFA tag from Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The Blue Jays have designated for assignment left fielder Danny Valencia, who spent much of the season platooning against left-handers, per Sportsnet.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise. Valencia has performed well this season, compiling a .296/.331/.506 slash line with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He rebounded from a poor start in July to hit safely in seven of eight starts.

But John Gibbons explained that he wanted to use newcomer Ben Revere every day and that he believes Chris Colabello hits lefties better than Valencia, the Toronto Star has reported.


Chris Colabello gets call at first base for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) Blue Jays left fielder Chris Colabello will get a start at first base in Saturday's game. 

Colabello gets his 12th start of the year at first base, and his second in the last four games. Danny Valencia takes his place in left field. 


Blue Jays LF Danny Valencia homers in multi-hit performance


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Blue Jays left fielder Danny Valencia went 2 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.

Valencia is hitting .500 with five hits, two home runs and six RBI in his last four games.


Danny Valencia drives in pair in rare start at 3B


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Danny Valencia got the nod at third base Sunday and responded with two hits and two RBIs as Toronto nearly rallied from a seven-run deficit in its 11-10 loss to the Royals.

Valencia laced a two-run double in the sixth inning to help the Blue Jays trim the deficit to 7-5 and then came around to score to make it 7-6. 

Valencia capped a solid first half by finishing at .299 with six homers and 27 RBIs. 


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia crushes three-run homer on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Danny Valencia came through with a big three-run home run in the Blue Jays' 6-2 win over the Royals on Saturday. Valencia slugged his sixth homer of the season in the top of the ninth inning to give the Jays a four-run cushion.

Valencia did not start the game, but he entered in the sixth inning for Josh Donaldson who felt ill. Valencia has now homered three times in his last 11 games. 


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia belts solo home run in loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Danny Valencia went 2 for 4 on Thursday in the 12-6 loss to the Red Sox. Valencia launched his fifth home run of the season, but it was too little, too late. The home run came in the ninth inning with the game already well out of reach.

Valencia has hit two home runs in his last 11 plate-appearances.


Danny Valencia hits pinch-hit home run in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Blue Jays pinch hitter Danny Valencia hit an eighth-inning home run in Friday's win over Texas. 

Valencia's solo shot was his fourth of the season and third in the month of June. It was his second career pinch homer and first since August 27 of last year. 


Danny Valencia replaces Josh Donaldson at third for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game. Donaldson had started four straight and 11 of the last 12. 

Danny Valencia will start Monday, for the sixth time this season. He's the only player other than Donaldson to start at third base for the Blue Jays this year. 

Manager John Gibbons said it was a day off for Donaldson, per Sportsnet.


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia slugs three-run home run Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Blue Jays slugger Danny Valencia put the proverbial nail in the coffin in the 8-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Valencia blasted a three-run home run to put an exclamation point on a five-run eighth inning.

It was Valencia's third home run of the season, and his only hit of the game. 


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia homers in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Blue Jays left fielder Danny Valencia went 2 for 4 with a walk, in Sunday's win over Boston. 

Valencia hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He now has two home runs and 15 RBI on the year. 


Blue Jays LF Danny Valencia collects two RBI in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Danny Valencia drove in two runs to help the Blue Jays defeat the Marlins 11-3 on Monday.

Valencia went 2 for 5 with two RBI. He drove in the two runs when he doubled off Brad Hand in the first inning, which scored Jose Bautista and Chris Colabello.

Over his last 11 games, Valencia is 12 for 40 with one home run and seven RBI.


Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson finally gets a day off Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will get his first day off this season, as he is being held out of the lineup on Friday against the Mariners. Donaldson has hit well lately, batting .270 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last 10 games, batting solely out of the top two spots in the lineup.

Manager John Gibbons said Donaldson, who has started each of the team's first 43 games this year, has been playing on a "bad calf" and was looking to give him a day off, acording to SportsNet.

Danny Valencia will get the start at the hot corner, while Ezequiel Carrera will move up to the leadoff spot the batting order. 


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, Danny Valencia both homer


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Blue Jays got a home run each from Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia in their 8-4 win over the Angels on Thursday. 

For Encarnacion, that's his 10th home run of the season. Encarnacion's shot was of the three-run variety and occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. The homer also scored Steve Tolleson and Jose Bautista. 

This snapped a two-game hitless streak for Encarnacion. He finished the game 1 for 4 but struck out twice. He now holds a slash line of .231/.315/.455. 

Valencia hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, which happened in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 and is now hitting .339/.350/.508. Valencia has now recorded a hit in four consecutive games. 


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia (ankle) back in lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Blue Jays utility player Danny Valencia made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Red Sox after missing two games due to an ankle injury. He started in right field.

Valencia is batting .333 (9 for 27) with three RBI and four doubles in his last seven games (six starts). Left-hander Wade Miley is pitching Friday for Boston. Valencia is batting .533 (8 for 15) with two doubles and two RBI in eight games against lefties in 2015.


Blue Jays' Michael Saunders, Danny Valencia out of the lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders and utility man Danny Valencia are out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Yankees, the team announced. 

Saunders has missed the last two games for Toronto after having his knee drained on Monday. Chris Colabello will draw his second start in right. Valencia will miss his second straight game with an ankle sprain.


Blue Jays' Danny Valencia sprains ankle after tripping on dugout steps


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Blue Jays utility player Danny Valencia was unable to start Tuesday against the Yankees after spraining his ankle Monday. Valencia suffered the injury when he tripped on the stairs walking back from the dugout after Monday's game, per Sportsnet.ca.

Valencia is batting .333 (9 for 27) with three RBI, four doubles and five runs in his last seven games (six starts).


Danny Valencia gets start in left for Blue Jays on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Danny Valencia was back in the starting lineup on Monday against the Yankees. Valencia, who started in left and batted seventh, was held out the last three games for manager John Gibbons. 

Michael Saunders, who started each of the last two games, began Monday's contest on the bench while dealing with a knee issue, but is available to play off the bench, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said before the game.

In limited action this season, Valencia is batting a crisp .379 with three RBI in 11 games played.


Jays' Ryan Goins draws the start at shortstop, Dalton Pompey out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins will start at shortstop Tuesday for the injured Jose Reyes, the team announced. Goins fills in for Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a rib injury. Goins is hitting .238 in 21 at-bats this season.

Outfielder Dalton Pompey is out of the lineup, with Danny Valencia taking over in left field and Kevin Pillar playing center. 

Pompey told Sportsnet.ca he suffered a bit of whiplash making a catch Monday at Boston.


Valencia, Tolleson in lineup; Donaldson at DH vs. LHP Wood


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The Blue Jays moved Josh Donaldson to designated hitter and included Danny Valencia and Steve Tolleson in the lineup Saturday afternoon against Braves left-hander Alex Wood, according to the Toronto Star. Donaldson remained in his normal No. 2 hole, while Valencia will bat fifth and Tolleson eighth.

Blue Jays' Gibbons: Valencia, Colabello will see time at LF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hinted that Danny Valencia and Chris Colabello will see some time at left field this spring, according to Sportsnet.ca. Toronto is hoping to fill a void at left field after the team announced Thursday that Michael Saunders will be sidelined until July with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

In his career, Valencia played left field in only five games in the minors. Colabello has logged 30 career games in the majors at left field.


Gibbons: Encarnacion starting 1B, three vying for at-bats at DH


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Monday veteran Edwin Encarnacion will remain the starting first baseman. However, Gibbons added the 32-year-old slugger will get some games at DH to help avoid any issues with his back.

Gibbons also said Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are the top candidates for playing time at DH.


Blue Jays' Valencia wins arbitration case, to make $1.675M in '15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Blue Jays infielder Danny Valencia won his arbitration case Friday and will be paid a $1.675 million salary for the 2015 season, according to the Associated Press. The Blue Jays were offering $1.2 million.

The Blue Jays acquired Valencia in a July trade with the Royals. He hit .258 with four home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI in 86 games last season between Toronto and Kansas City.


Blue Jays likely set at second base, still exploring bullpen options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos doesn't see the team adding a second baseman before the start of the regular season, but the team is still exploring options to add to the bullpen via trade or free agency, MLB.com reports.

"Second base, I don't expect anything to change between now and the time camp starts," Anthopoulos told reporters Thursday. "We had some things we worked on, we just couldn't get close. The bullpen, those are still open, both in trade and free agency."

The Blue Jays appear ready to address the second-base position with one of four internal candidates: Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, Steve Tolleson or Danny Valencia. Goins, Tolleson and Valencia all had between 150 and 200 at-bats with the Blue Jays last season, while Izturis racked up 365 at-bats with the team in 2013.

Though the team is exploring bullpen options, the Blue Jays may not necessarily add a high-profile closer, as Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons expressed confidence that left-hander Brett Cecil or right-hander Aaron Sanchez could handle the role.