The Orioles have signed Danny Valencia to a minor-league deal, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. USA TODAY Sports first reported that the deal had a $1.2-million base-salary with up to $3-million in incentives.
Valencia, 33, spent the 2017 season with the Seattle Mariners, where he slashed .256/.314/.411 with 15 dingers, 66 RBIs, 19 doubles, and three triples in 130 games. Valencia saw time at first base, right field, and third base with the M’s, but he also has experience in left field and second base, bringing a valuable versatile aspect to the O’s in the event that he makes the roster.
With an open competition to fill out the Baltimore bench, Valencia should compete for a spot on that Opening Day roster, and he could provide a complement to the left handed hitting Chris Davis at first base. He extended experience at all four corner positions should give the Orioles some options during the course of the season as opportunities for playing time arise.