The Orioles today announced that they have acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Joe Mahoney has been designated for assignment.
Valencia, 28, appeared in 44 games for Minnesota (34G) and Boston (10G) in 2012, batting a combined .188/.199/.299. He is a career .316/.359/.472 hitter in 326 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. In 2011, Valencia led the major leagues in games played at third base (154) and led the AL in assists as a third baseman (260), while batting .246/.294/.383 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI for the Twins.
Mahoney, 25, batted .265/.319/.389 in 132 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. He also made his major league debut, appearing in two games for the Orioles, going 0-for-4.