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The Trades Keep Coming: Zobrist Traded To Royals

Utility player Ben Zobrist was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday afternoon. (mlb.com)

Just days after acquiring RHP Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds, the Kansas City Royals were making deals once again on Tuesday afternoon. The current of the American League Central traded for utility player Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Aaron Brooks and the Royals third best prospect LHP Sean Manaea. Kansas City will also receive cash from the A’s to help with the Zobrist’s contract.

Kansas City looks to use Zobrist to fill the void they currently have with Alex Gordon being injured and the lack of offense that Omar Infante is currently giving them batting just over .200.

So far in 2015, the thirty-four year old Zobrist is batting .268 with 33 RBIs and six homers. This was his first season with Oakland as he spent the previous nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brooks was drafted in the ninth round of the 2011 MLB Draft before making his Major League debut in May 2014. The twenty-five year old has spent time both in Triple-A Nashville and with the Royals so far this season. He has a 6-5 record in eighteen games with Nashville with a 3.71 ERA. He has appeared in just two games with Kansas City in relief appearance situations.

Manaea, who was one of the Royals’ top prospects, was drafted in 2013 while playing at Indiana State. The twenty-three year old played in both High-A and Double-A squads this season and has a combined 8-9 record with a 3.23 ERA in thirty-two games with an impressive 185 strikeouts in 153.1 innings.

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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