Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 23 hours ago

Valencia sprained his ankle while tripping on the dugout steps Monday, Sportsnet's Mike Wilner reports.

Valencia is likely just day-to-day, given that Toronto made the odd decision to exchange infielder Jonathan Diaz for first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello, leaving the team without any infield depth. Valencia might be able to play in an emergency, as Toronto's other options would involve using Russell Martin or an outfielder in the infield.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 5 days ago

Valencia went 1-for-4 with a RBI single and a run scored in Thursday's 5-1 victory over the Indians.

Valencia has been clobbering lefties this season, going 8-for-14 with an unsustainable .571/.571/.714 slash line whereas against righties he's just 3-for-12. For his career, he's hit .334 against lefties and just .227 against righties, so a drastic difference between the two isn't altogether surprising, but his .571 batting average against lefties is a product of a low sample size in addition to seeing the ball better against lefties. He's an interesting value play in daily leagues against left-handed pitching when he plays, but at-bats will come at a premium.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 6 days ago

Valencia is in the lineup for Thursday's matchup with Cleveland.

After sitting out Wednesday, Valencia is back in the lineup with left-hander T.J. House on the mound for the Tribe. He'll man right field, taking the spot usually occupied by Michael Saunders.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 3 weeks ago

Valencia got the start at third base on Saturday, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

He hasn't seen a lot of playing time so far, and with the Jays not currently scheduled to face a left-handed starter until at least next weekend, Valencia could be mostly stuck to the bench ion the short term despite a 6-for-10 start to the season.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 4 weeks ago

Valencia is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

Valencia, who hit .321 against left-handers last season, will get the nod Thursday with lefty CC Sabathia on the mound for New York. He will play first base and hit sixth in the Blue Jays' batting order.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 2 months ago

Valencia hit a two-run home run in Thursday's Spring Training game against the Red Sox.

Valencia is having a strong spring, hitting .286 in 21 at bats with a home run, a triple and a stolen base. Valencia's biggest strength is his ability to hit left-handed pitching. Last season, he hit for a .321/.371/.464 slash line against lefties and a .211/.238/.303 slash line against righties. With Edwin Encarnacion slated to play first base and Donaldson at third, Valencia is likely still in the mix at DH against left-handed pitching. His strong numbers against lefties make him a decent fantasy play in deeper leagues and a good situational play in daily leagues.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 2 months ago

Valencia will compete for at-bats at DH this season, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

Edwin Encarnacion will take the everyday starts at first base, meaning Valencia will compete with Justin Smoak and Dioner Navarro for starts at DH. Regardless of where he plays, it is pretty clear that Valencia will primarily be used against lefties, making him a better name for daily leagues than full-season leagues.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 3 months ago

Valencia will begin the season in a platoon with Justin Smoak at first base if Edwin Encarnacion is used as the Jays' regular DH, the Blue Jays' official site reports.On the small side of a platoon, Valencia's value will likely be limited to deeper leagues. With a career .327/.368/.502 line, he seems ideally suited to share time with Smoak (.709 OPS against righties), especially if Smoak benefits from the move out of Safeco Field as expected.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 3 months ago

The Blue Jays announced Friday that Valencia won his arbitration case and will be awarded a one-year, $1.675 million contract, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Valencia will earn about $475,000 more than the team offered in what was the Blue Jays' first arbitration case since 1997. With his contract situation now resolved, Valencia looks poised to enter the upcoming season as the Blue Jays' primary backup at the corner infield spots. While he'll come off the bench most nights, the Blue Jays should find Valencia a regular spot in the lineup against left-handed pitchers, against whom he owns a .372/.368/.502 career batting line.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 7 months ago

Valencia is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

Valencia will take a seat for the second game in a row, and the third time in the Blue Jays' past four contests. Munenori Kawasaki will take over at third in his place.