The Oakland Athletics continued their recent ways of trading away players to bring in young talent.
Today, they made an under-the-radar move to bring in a young arm. In order to make the swap, they gave up a player most recently known for swinging his fists at his teammate.
Utility player Danny Valencia will be heading north up the west coast to his new home in Seattle. In return, the Athletics will acquire right handed prospect pitcher Paul Blackburn.
Valencia is coming off one of the most productive years of his seven year career. Having posted a .287/.346/.446 slash line and belting 17 home runs, Valencia was one of the lone bright spots in the Athletic's lineup.
That is, until he got into that scrap with Billy Butler.
Danny Valencia's 2016:— David Wiers (@davidwiers) November 12, 2016
.346 BABIP (career highest)
One fight with Billy Butler
Both Butler and Valencia have now been dealt away from Oakland. The A's are going young and trying to rebuild from the bottom up. The Mariners, on the other hand, are trying to end the longest current playoff drought in the MLB. Having a guy like Danny Valencia at their disposal certainly offers an immediate upgrade to their roster.
We will have to see how this trade impacts both teams in the coming years.