By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Athletics are expected to release Danny Valencia before the end of the season. On Sunday, they released Billy Butler.
Butler was owed $10 million by the team through next season. Valencia; however, is arbitration eligible for the third time this winter.
Valencia has been rumored to be on the outs with the team, as there was speculation that he was going to be designated for assignment in July. Yet, that never happened, as he played in 27 of the team’s in August and seven of the past nine this month.
He has a .289 batting average with 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 408 at-bats over a 113 games. On Sunday, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners.
He hasn’t had a hit in the past three games — two against the Mariners and a game on Sept. 6 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. His last hit came against the Angels on Sept. 5 when he went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s.
Valencia is making $3.15 million this season. With his release pending, the 31-year-old will be ineligible for the postseason should he sign with a team afterwards.
The Athletics have been known to be a small budget team — who trades or releases high-prices talent. They’re showing that $13 million is a gamble that they’re worth taking in order to better their team in the future, as they get rid of aging veterans, who have been struggling.
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