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Orioles sign Danny Valencia to a minor league deal

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The Baltimore Orioles have signed utilityman Danny Valencia to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Valencia could platoon with Colby Rasmus and back up multiple other positions, which is valuable in these days of 13-man bullpens and tiny position player benches. He hit .256/.314/.411 with 15 homers for the Mariners last season.

If Valencia makes the big league roster he’ll make $1.2 million with $3 million more available in incentives.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.