Os acquire Valencia, DFA Mahoney
The Orioles acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations, designating infielder Joe Mahoney for assignment in a related move on Wednesday afternoon to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Valencia was designated for assignment by Boston last week, coming to the organization in an August trade with the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Jeremias Pineda. The 28-year-old Valencia is primarily a third baseman and he posted a combined 188/.199 /.299 line in 44 Major League games last season with the two clubs. He came in third in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 and had his best season in ’11, when he hit .246 with 15 home runs and a team-leading 72 RBIs in a Major League-leading 154 games played. He also led Major League third baseman with 260 assists.
Valencia is a career .316/.359/.472 hitter in 326 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, and he posted a .226/.214/.377 line in 56 big-league plate appearances last season.
Mahoney, 25, batted .265/.319/.389 in 132 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. He also made his Major League debut on July 7. Mahoney appeared in two games for the Orioles, going 0-for-4.