Twins add OF Michael A. Taylor in trade with Royals
The Minnesota Twins acquired outfielder Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for two prospects.Left-hander Evan Sisk and right-hander Steven Cruz are headed to the Kansas City organization.Taylor, 31, was a member of the Washington Nationals' 2019 World Series championship team, then won a Gold Glove with the Royals in 2021. He is due to make $4.5 million this year in the final season of a two-year, $9 million contract.Taylor is primarily a center fielder, though that position is occupied in Minnesota by 2022 All-Star Byron Buxton. Taylor also has played both corner outfield positions.Last year, Taylor hit .254 with a .313 on-base percentage, a .357 slugging percentage, nine homers and 43 RBIs in 124 games. For his career, Taylor has a .241/.296/.381 batting line with 74 homers and 281 RBIs in 840 games with Washington (2014-20) and Kansas City (2021-22).Sisk, 25, split last season between Double-A Wichita and Triple-A St. Paul, going a combined 5-1 with one save and a 2.00 ERA in 50 appearances, all in relief.
Red Sox acquire INF Adalberto Mondesi from Royals
The Boston Red Sox acquired infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Josh Taylor.Boston also will receive a player to be named later.The Red Sox fortify their middle infield with Mondesi, who is mainly a shortstop but has also played 68 games at second and 20 games at third during his seven-year career.Mondesi played in just 15 games in 2022 before an ACL injury that required surgery wiped out the rest of his season. It's one of several injuries Mondesi has endured since 2018.
Reports: Aroldis Chapman reaches 1-year deal with Royals
Left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Kansas City Royals, MLB.com and The Athletic reported Thursday.A seven-time All-Star, Chapman struggled mightily last season with the New York Yankees. He posted a 4-4 record with nine saves, a 4.46 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 43 relief appearances.Chapman's time in the Bronx appeared shaky after he was left off the team's roster for the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians. The decision came after he missed a mandatory team workout.
Orioles acquire IF/OF Ryan O'Hearn from Royals
The Baltimore Orioles acquired infielder/outfielder Ryan O'Hearn from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.O'Hearn, 29, batted .239 with eight extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple, one homer), 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored in 67 games last season with the Royals.He is a career .219 hitter with 38 homers, 131 RBIs and 99 runs scored in 342 career games with Kansas City. He was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Sam Houston State University.
Royals sign RHP Jordan Lyles to two-year deal
The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of right-hander Jordan Lyles to a two-year contract Wednesday.Financial terms of the deal with the 32-year-old free agent were not disclosed.Previous reports put the value of the contract at $17 million.Lyles was 12-11 with a 4.42 ERA in 32 starts for the Baltimore Orioles in 2022, fanning 144 batters in 179 innings.
Royals name Matt Quatraro new manager
The Kansas City Royals have hired Matt Quatraro to be their next manager, the team announced Sunday night.Quatraro most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays' bench coach and will take over for Mike Matheny, who was fired in early October after the Royals went 65-97 this past season."I already knew the talent on the roster and how great the fans in Kansas City are, and the interview process convinced me that the terrific things I'd heard about the organization's culture are true," Quatraro said in a statement. "I can't wait to get started."Quatraro, 48, was a minor league coordinator with the Rays before breaking into the major leagues. He served as an assistant hitting coach for the Cleveland Guardians before returning back to the Tampa Bay organization as the Rays' third base coach.Following the 2021 season, he had interviews with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets to potentially become the teams' next manager.