Third baseman Danny Valencia was a revelation for the Oakland A's last season after being acquired off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Now the A's are set to see if Valencia can provide that kind of spark over a full season.
The A's agreed to terms with Valencia on Thursday on a one-year year worth more than $3 million, avoiding arbitration. The A's now have two players still eligible for arbitration (Josh Reddick and Fernando Rodriguez).
Valencia hit .284/.356/.530 with 11 homers and 37 RBI in 47 games with the A's last season. He ranked eighth on the A's in WAR (1.6) despite playing in less than a third of the team's games. In 105 games between Toronto and Oakland, Valencia batted .290/.345/.519 with 18 homers. It was his best season since 2013 with Baltimore, when Valencia hit .304/.335/.553 in 52 games. He is a career .267 hitter with a 736 OPS in 1,923 career major-league games. Valencia is expected to be the A's starting third baseman this season. He may also see some time in left field.