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.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.