Red Sox acquire Valencia from Twins

Red Sox acquire Valencia from Twins
August 5, 2012, 6:59 pm
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BOSTON The Red Sox made an August waiver deal with the team theyre currently playing at Fenway Park.

The Sox dealt Dominican outfield prospect Jeremias Pineda to the Twins for struggling big league third basemen Danny Valencia, who has bounced between Triple-A Rochester and Minnesota this season.

The 27-year-old Valencia is hitting .198 for the Twins this season after leading the club with 72 RBIs last season. He was immediately optioned to Triple-A by the Sox following the deal.

Valencia finished third in AL rookie of the year voting in 2010 after hitting .311 in 85 games and smacked 45 extra base hits in 154 big league games with the Twins last year.

He struggled early. Last year he led our team in RBIs and the guy can play, said Minnesota assistant GM Rob Antony. It was a situation where he got off to a slow start, we sent him down to the minors and he was working through some things.

Its a situation where its a fresh start for him in Boston.

The 21-year-old Pineda was a late-blooming Dominican prospect that was hitting .421 (56-for-133) with 22 RBIs, 20 runs and 14 stolen bases in 36 games for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this summer.

The switch-hitter was leading the GCL in batting average at the time of the deal, and was somebody that had caught Minnesotas eye given the close proximity of the two organizations in Fort Myers.

Pineda signed out of the Dominican a little bit older, but our staff has seen him a lot. He can run, he can hit and he can throw, said Antony. Hes got good tools. Hell go into camp next year with a chance to battle for a spot in Low-A. Hes a little bit of a late bloomer.

Valencia gives the Sox a decent emergency plan should anything happen to Will Middlebrooks down the stretch.