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.

4 Comments

Hey Britt.
I loved hearing about Trayvon Robinson being friends (and former roommates) with Steve Johnson. Do you know if Valencia and Machado are friends? Both have been linked to off-season conditioning with Alex Rodriguez.

Also, do you know why Oliver Drake was outrighted, but Joe Mahoney was DFA’d? Also do you know what the main differences between the two are?

I think the former keeps Drake under our control (since it was his first time being outrighted), but the latter allows Mahoney to be released or gives him the right to refuse assignment to AAA. Also, I think it gives other teams a chance to negotiate a trade for Mahoney (or claim him off waivers) before he becomes a “first-come-first-serve” free agent? Am I right? or close?

He led the league with 154 games played? Somehow, I don’t think that’s true…

what’s the status of the cuban outfielder we signed this past summer? I thought he was touted as a high obp hitter!Is he still in the minors? making good progress to become a atop prospect and future callup????

The Cuban outfielder is Henry Urrutia. I read he is still in the process of gaining entry into the U.S (as of Oct 27). I believe he is projected to start the year at Bowie.

I can’t find anything on the web about Pedro Flores, the 16 yr old SS. Only Orioles.com lists him in their transactions page as signing on October 9th. He isn’t listed on our team transactions on any other website that I can find. He’s not even in the player database for any site other than mlb.com. There the profile is odd looking: It says his status is “signed” but it does not link him to the Orioles or any team. It says his hometown is “Puerto Ordaz, Alaska”, but, as far as I can tell, there is no such place in Alaska. Puerto Ordaz is, however, a well known city in Venezuela where other baseball prospects have come from. The fact that Pedro Flores is a hispanic name and that 16 yr olds usually hail from hispanic countries – not the US – makes me think he is actually from Venezuela. Please, someone write something about this guy!

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