A’s claim Danny Valencia off waivers from Blue Jays

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Danny Valencia, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays over the weekend, has been claimed off waivers by the A’s.

Valencia is stretched as a regular, but he’s an outstanding part-time player if spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching. Dating back to 2013 he’s hit .337 with a .900 OPS off lefties while seeing time defensively at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin is a big believer in the value of platooning and Valencia is a useful right-handed bat if used that way. He crushes lefties.