Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 8 Days

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.

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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.

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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.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 6 Months

Valencia went 2-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored, one double and one triple Monday against the Mariners.

Valencia has really struggled in September as he has seen his batting average decrease from .286 to .262 since the month began. Although he has five RBI in his last two games, he only has 30 RBI in 82 games this season.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 6 Months

Valencia is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.

Valencia will be held out as the Blue Jays go with a lefty-heavy lineup against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Munenori Kawasaki will man the hot corner in Valencia's place.

Danny Valencia 1B/3B TOR 6 Months

Valencia is not in the lineup Wednesday, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.

Valencia has been a true everyday player for Toronto over the past couple weeks, so this is a rarity. Munenori Kawasaki will get a rare start at the hot corner, but Valencia should be back in the lineup in short order.

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Valencia isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Rays, John Iott of the National Post reports.

Valencia has settled into more of a full-time than a platoon role since he was acquired by the Jays, but he'll get a day out of the lineup Sunday while right-hander Chris Archer pitches for the Rays. The lefty-batting Juan Francisco takes Valencia's spot at third base.

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Valencia is not in the lineup Saturday vs. the Tigers, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

Despite manager John Gibbons' words just a day earlier that the team would explore using him as an everyday player in the wake of Brett Lawrie's return to the DL, Valencia will find himself out of the lineup with the Tigers bringing right-hander Max Scherzer to the hill. Considering Scherzer is the reigning AL Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the game, it's possible Gibbons will only shield Valencia against especially tough right-handers. At any rate, Munenori Kawasaki will start at third base Saturday, while Juan Francisco covers first.