BOSTON — The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.
The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night.
The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.
Kratz will join the Royals for Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota and Hendriks will be assigned to Triple-A Omaha. Infielder Christian Colon will be called from Omaha and catcher Brett Hayes has been designated for assignment.
The 34-year-old Kratz hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 34 games for Toronto.
The 25-year-old Hendriks was 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto. He was a Triple-A All-Star this year at Buffalo, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
Dodgers acquire Barney from Cubs
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season.
The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to NL West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named. The trade was announced on Monday.
Barney, who turns 29 in November, is a .244 career hitter with 18 homers and 146 RBIs in 542 games.
Arizona makes roster moves
CINCINNATI — The Arizona Diamondbacks made an infield switch before the start of their series against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, activating Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and putting infielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers.
The Diamondbacks claimed Pacheco off waivers from Colorado on June 12. He made eight pinch-hit appearances, going 3 for 8, but developed tendinitis in his right shoulder. In 30 games with Colorado and Arizona, he’s batting .250 with seven doubles and eight RBIs.
Evans batted .271 with two doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games. He went 5 for 12 as a pinch hitter, including a three-run homer in the 10th inning for a 10-6 win over the Phillies on July 25.
A’s OF Gentry placed on DL
HOUSTON — The Oakland Athletics have put outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand and promoted outfielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said Burns was expected to join the team before Monday night’s game in Houston.
Gentry was injured Sunday at Texas when he hit by a pitch. He was on the disabled list at the start of the season with a lower back strain.
Gentry was hitting .264 with 10 RBIs in 80 games with Oakland. Burns was batting .250 with a home run and 23 RBIs in 91 games with Midland.
Rays reinstate Peralta from DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment.
The moves were announced Monday.
Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games earlier this year.
Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.
Brewers minor leaguer suspended
NEW YORK — A minor league third baseman in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.
The commissioner’s office issued the penalty Monday to 22-year-old Nick Delmonico.
Delmonico was playing for Class A Brevard County of the Florida State League. He was hitting .262 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.