BOSTON — Looking to bolster their offense for a run for a playoff spot, the Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for two minor-league pitchers.
The Royals entered the day three games behind the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians. Kansas City holds the second wild-card spot by 2½ games over Tampa Bay.
The Royals had their season-high nine-game winning streak snapped by Boston on Saturday night — 9-8 in 10 innings.
The 32-year-old Cabrera was batting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs for the White Sox. He’s also is tied for the majors’ lead with nine outfield assists.
In his 13th season in the majors, Cabrera, who also with the Royals in 2011, is a switch hitter. He’s second amongst active switch hitters with a .286 career average.
Kansas City sent a pair of Single-A pitchers in the deal: 22-year-old right-hander A.J. Puckett and 23-year-old left-hander Andre Davis. The White Sox also sent Kansas City cash considerations in the deal.
Puckett was the club’s second-round selection in 2016 and Davis was picked in the eighth round in 2015.