Baltimore Orioles Trade: Danny Valencia for David Lough

Sep 2, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough (7) dives for a fly ball in right field in the fourth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles have been searching for a left-handed hitting left fielder, and though I’d like to tell you they found an extra 150 million dollars previously unknown and secured Shin-Soo Choo, I can’t. But I can report that the Birds have traded Danny Valencia to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David Lough.

Lough throws and bats from the left side. In his second season in 2013, he hit .286 in a total of 96 games for the Royals.

Lough was the 11th-round draft pick of the Royals in 2007. Over the course of seven seasons in the minor leagues, he hit .297, and this past year he finished 8th in the voting for AL rookie of the year.

The Akron, Ohio native has played all three outfield positions, though about 70% of the time it has been in right field. He is considered a plus defender with good range and a good arm.

This acquisition gives the Orioles a somewhat similar player to the departed Nate McLouth … someone who could split time with Nolan Reimold, if not become an everyday player himself.

In Lough, the Orioles are getting a player who is 16 months younger than Valencia, and who will not be arbitration eligible for an extra year (2016), or free agent eligible for another two years (2020).

Danny Valencia was considered the backup for Manny Machado at third base in the event that Machado is not ready to play at the beginning of the season. However, the Orioles acquired Michael Almanzar from Boston in the Rule 5 Draft, and they may well have Ryan Flaherty who could play some third base (and don’t forget that Chris Davis has done so in the past as well).

Danny Valencia has been a well-liked player for the Orioles and their fans, batting .304 and hitting some clutch home runs (total of 8) in his limited time of 52 games with the Orioles in 2013. During my time of previously writing for the Orioles blog on this network, I often joked that though Valencia had a critical homer again, I must have been watching only for the 70% of time when he made an out! But statistics don’t lie, and Valencia is a nice player; yet this new fellow does seem to be a better fit for the Orioles’ current needs The only fear I would have in this is if he became any sort of block for Henry Urrutia getting to the club.

Here are charts of the stats for the two players.

David Lough Statistics:

Year

Age

Tm

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2012

26

KCR

20

59

9

14

2

1

0

2

1

0

4

9

.237

.292

.305

2013

27

KCR

96

315

35

90

17

4

5

33

5

2

10

52

.286

.311

.413

Total

116

374

44

104

19

5

5

35

6

2

14

61

.278

.308

.396

 

Danny Valencia Statistics:

Year

Age

Tm

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2010

25

MIN

85

299

30

93

18

1

7

40

2

0

20

46

.311

.351

.448

2011

26

MIN

154

564

63

139

28

2

15

72

2

6

40

102

.246

.294

.383

2012

27

MIN

34

126

13

25

6

1

2

17

0

1

3

32

.198

.212

.310

2012

27

BOS

10

28

1

4

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

6

.143

.138

.250

2013

28

BAL

52

161

20

49

14

1

8

23

0

2

8

33

.304

.335

.553

Total

335

1178

127

310

66

5

33

156

4

9

71

219

.263

.302

.714

 

Something I did not know until seeing it on the chart, but Valencia was 3rd in the voting for rookie of the year in 2010.

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Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Danny Valencia, David Lough

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6 Comments on Baltimore Orioles Trade: Danny Valencia for David Lough

  1. Jeff says:

    Wait. According to those stats, we got worse. Valencia had a better average and homeruns by game. No?

    • Randy Buchman says:

      Not sure it is better, but don’t think it is worse … it is just different. Yes, less power, but L/L instead of R/R and better defense. Valencia was not going to be a left fielder … so, this is more what is needed. But I understand what you are saying!

  2. John E says:

    Hey Oriole Fans, you all actually got quite a player in David Lough. He is 100% HUSTLE, a great Teammate, and great for the fans. He toiled a long time in the Royals Farm System, but has always put up consistent numbers. I am actually quite disappointed that the Royals got rid of him because he was such a “favorite” by all. I don’t have a clue what they will do with Valencia as they now have their “super” Utilityman in Bonafacio now with the signing of Infante. I think this year Moustakas is on a short leash and needs to produce or the 3rd base job could be Valencia’s. We are getting tired of waiting for Moose. Your Fans will enjoy Lough. Best of Luck in the coming year!

    • Randy Buchman says:

      I have gotten a whole handful of similar texts and comments from KC people about Lough, and that is very encouraging for sure. He must be a really good guy. Thanks for the note!

  3. jim fetterolf says:

    The Birds did nicely off this trade, David Lough is an exceptional defender and solid offensive performer who doesn’t have split issues. In the cozy Camden Yards he’ll provide top defense and probably hit 20 homers.

    Here in KC we had six outfielders after picking up Aoki and we needed to move two of them, as none have options left. In return we got Valencia, a meh sort of player but one who hits lefties well and provides a platoon option with Moustakas and right handed pinch hitter of the bench, You got a full time starter, we covered a hole in the offense, so fair enough.

    • Randy Buchman says:

      You will like Valencia, as he really does play his role well … does not have diminishing shelf-life, but comes in and contributes. Thanks for the message. We are such a new site, it is really exciting to have someone write to us! Thanks.

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