Sunday, August 5, 2012

Red Sox Acquire Danny Valencia In Waiver Deal

The Red Sox have just made their second moderately important deal of the year as today, they acquired third baseman Danny Valencia from the Twins. Valencia impressed fans and players alike with his 2010 rookie season that saw him go .311/.351/.458 with 7 home runs and 40 RBIs for the division-winning Twins. However, since then, he's fallen out of favor with an unimpressive 2011 (.246/15/72) and an even worse 2012 (.198/2/17) that's seen him spend most of his time with triple-A Rochester. He'll be spending at least the beginning of his Red Sox days down in triple-A Pawtucket, as that's where they've assigned him. Valencia will probably serve as depth for Will Middlebrooks and potentially replace Nick Punto (.204/1/9). Still, this trade makes sense for the Red Sox as they traded very little to get Valencia-- just 21 year old Jeremias Pineda. Despite being 21, Pineda has never hit himself out of the Gulf Coast League. Hopefully, Valencia will figure himself out and this could become a very good trade for the Red Sox.

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