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Jays acquire INF Valencia from Royals

Adding some infield insurance to a unit that is missing two injured regulars, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks.

Valencia, 29, is joining his fifth team in three seasons. He split 2012 between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, spent 2013 with the Baltimore Orioles, then played 36 games for Kansas City this year. He hit .282 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .382 slugging percentage, two homers and 11 RBIs as a Royal.

Primarily a third baseman, Valencia also has experience at second base. Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion are on the disabled list, as is first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Royals dealt Valencia to allow them to promote Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha. Colon, 25, went 4-for-12 for Kansas City earlier this season. He is hitting .307 with a .361 on-base percentage, a .430 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 47 RBIs through 85 games with Omaha.

Kratz will join the Royals in place of backup catcher Brett Hayes, whom the team designated for assignment. Kratz, 34, batted .198 with three homers in 34 games for Toronto this year.

Hendriks, 25, is ticketed for Omaha. He went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for the Blue Jays this year, 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo.

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