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The Giants added versatility to their 40-man roster on Saturday when acquiring infielder-outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Orioles for cash considerations.
Valera, who turns 27 on Tuesday, could be given a chance to win a utility job. The Venezuelan has played mostly second base in pro ball but has been used at most positions. He began last season with the Dodgers, so he’ll be reunited with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ new president of baseball operations.
Zaidi’s first free-agent signing, ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, also played for the Dodgers last season.
The switch-hitting Valera played 20 games for the Dodgers and hit .172 before being dealt to Baltimore in July as part of the Manny Machado trade. With the Orioles, Valera hit .286 in 12 games and was designated for assignment Friday.
Valera, who broke into the majors with the 2017 Cardinals, has fared well in two Triple-A seasons, hitting .301 with a .368 on-base percentage and 17 home runs.
He gives the Giants 39 players on their 40-man roster. Aside from adding Venditte and Valera, Zaidi acquired outfielder Mike Gerber from Detroit and outfielder Drew Ferguson and and lefty Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 draft.
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