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Royals get Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz from Blue Jays for Danny Valencia

Both Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz are headed to Kansas City after a trade Monday Photo:

Both Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz are headed to Kansas City after a trade Monday

Kansas City upgraded its bullpen Monday by acquiring pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia. Ken Rosenthal first reported the story

Hendriks, a 25-year-old Australian product in his fourth year in the bigs and a former blue-chip prospect in the Twins organization, is 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto this season. Kratz is a 34-year-old veteran and the Jays 2002 pick in the MLB draft's 29th round. He has a .216 batting average and 26 home runs over 500 career major league plate appearances since 2010. He will likely back up starting catcher Salvador Perez.

Valencia was batting .282 with two home runs in 26 appearances for the Royals this season. 

Unlike many deadline trades, both teams are in strong contention for the playoffs. Toronto had a one-game lead securing the last wild card playoff spot heading in to Monday night's game against Boston, and the Royals are only two games behind the Jays.  

The Royals will call up infielder Christian Colon from triple-A Omaha on Tuesday to replace Valencia. In order to make room for Colon on the Royals' roster the team designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment

- Will Green

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