BOSTON (AP) — Trying to bolster their lineup for a playoff run and beating the trade deadline, the Kansas City Royals got outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
The White Sox sent Cabrera and cash to Kansas City for a pair of Single-A pitchers, 22-year-old right-hander A.J. Puckett and 23-year-old lefty Andre Davis. The swap came before Monday afternoon's deadline for making deals without waivers.
"It's a quality bat, a switch-hitting bat, a bat we can put in the 2-hole in our lineup," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's a great trade for us."
Kansas City holds the second AL wild-card spot. The Royals moved to two games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland after beating the Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday.
"I will go there try to help the team win games," Cabrera said before the White Sox hosted the Indians. "They acquired me for a reason. I hope to help them."
The Royals had their season-high nine-game winning streak snapped by Boston on Saturday night, losing 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.
The switch-hitting Cabrera is in his 13th season in the majors. He played for the Royals in 2011.