BOSTON -AP- The Royals on Sunday beefed up their offense, acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera and cash from the White Sox for Minor League pitchers A.J. Puckett and Andre Davis.
Cabrera, 32, played for the Royals in 2011, and he remains popular among the present Royals.
Cabrera, a switch-hitter, likely will be part of a left-field-right-field-DH rotation with Alex GordonJorge Bonifacio and Brandon Moss.
White Sox trade Melky Cabrera to Royals for two pitching prospects
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated for assignment right-handed Minor Leaguer Andrew Edwards.
Cabrera is hitting .288 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. He also has nine outfield assists, tied for the Major League lead.
Cabrera is still owed about $5.6 million of his $15 million deal for 2017. The Royals will have to pay about $2.5 million of that, per an source.
In 2011, Cabrera set career highs in doubles (44), home runs (18), RBIs (87) and stolen bases (20).
Puckett, a right-hander who was a second-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, is 9-7 with a 3.90 ERA at Class A Advanced Wilmington this season. Davis, a left-hander, was an eighth-round pick in '15, and he is 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA at Class A Lexington.
It was the second major deal that Royals general manager Dayton Moore pulled off this week: Earlier, the club acquired right-handers Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill, and left-hander Ryan Buchter, from the Padres.
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