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Royals Trade Valencia To Blue Jays

Associated Press - July 28, 2014 9:25 pm

BOSTON (AP) – The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.

The deal was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston Monday night.

The 29 year old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.

Kratz will join the Royals for Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota and Hendriks will be assigned to Triple A Omaha. Infielder Christian Colon will be recalled from Omaha and catcher Brett Hayes has been designated for assignment.

The 34 year old Kratz hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBI’s in 34 games for Toronto.

The 25 year old Hendriks was 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto. He was a Triple A All Star this year at Buffalo, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA.