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Royals acquire Erik Kratz, Liam Hendriks from Toronto for Danny Valencia

The Royals announced tonight that they have acquired minor league catcher Erik Kratz and right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.  Kratz will join the Royals in time for Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota, while Hendriks will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha.  Infielder Christian Colon will be recalled from Omaha tomorrow, while to make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Brett Hayes has been designated for assignment.

Kratz, 34, has split time between Toronto and Buffalo (AAA) this season.  He played in 34 games for the Jays in 2014, batting .198 with 3 doubles, 3 homers and 10 RBI.  He has posted a .299 average and 10 doubles, 3 homers and 17 RBI in 27 games for the Bisons.  He was traded to Toronto this offseason from the Phillies’ organization, where he spent three years.  He’s been a Triple-A All-Star three times in his career (2009-11), being named the game’s Top Star at the 2009 contest in Portland, Ore., collecting a double and a homer in his two at-bats.  In parts of five Major League seasons, Kratz has hit .216 with 21 homers, 63 RBI with Pittsburgh (2010), Philadelphia (2011-13) and Toronto (2014).

Hendriks, 25, was named the Top Star from the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings and recording four strikeouts.  He’s made 16 starts for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, Buffalo, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA, recording 91 strikeouts in 108.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .231 batting average this season.  The young righty has made three starts for Toronto in 2014, going 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA with eight strikeouts.

Hendriks was selected off waivers by three different teams this offseason, ending up with Toronto on February 21.  He was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent out of Perth, Australia in 2007.  He participated in the SiriusXM Radio Futures All-Star Games (2010, 2011) and pitched in 30 games for the Twins over a three-year period (2011-13).

Valencia, 29, was hitting .282 with 2 homers and 11 RBI in 36 games for the Royals this season.

Royals acquire infielder Danny Valencia from Baltimore for David Lough

 The Royals announced today that the club has acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder David Lough.
Valencia, 29, split 117 games between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk last season, being recalled to the Major Leagues on May 19.  He hit .304 in 52 games for the Orioles with 14 doubles, eight homers and 23 RBI.  Valencia’s .553 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the American League among players with at least 150 at bats.  The right-handed hitting infielder batted .371 (36-for-97) with 14 doubles and four homers against left-handed pitching.  He also hit .350 (35-for-100) with a .580 slugging percentage after the All-Star break.

Valencia has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with Minnesota (2010-12), Boston (2012) and Baltimore (2013).  He’s a career .263 hitter with 66 doubles, five triples, 33 homers and 156 RBI in 335 games.  The fifth-year infielder has hit .295 (18-for-61) in his career at Kauffman Stadium with five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI.

Lough, 27, hit .286 with 17 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI in 96 games for the Royals last season.

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