KANSAS CITY – Right-hander Homer Bailey was traded by the Royals to the Athletics moments before he was scheduled to pitch in the final of Sunday's series against the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals received minor league player Kevin Merrell in the deal, the team announced. Merrell was a first round of 2017
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The Royals received minor league player Kevin Merrell in the deal, the team announced. Merrell was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft by the A's, and has played mainly in the shortstop. He will report to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Merrell was classified as the 17th prospect of the A by MLB Pipeline, who wrote about Merrell: "It could be that Merrell ends up fitting into a super-useful position at the Major League level, with his speed playing in various positions, it's too much. soon to discard a concert every day at second base, the most important thing is that he needs to make up for the at-bats lost in 2019. "
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A rival explorer agreed and said Merrell has the kind of speed, athletic ability and, perhaps, versatility to transition to a super-useful role.
"A very good option for the Royals," he said.
Bailey was a late scratch and was replaced by Brian Flynn. The Royals are paying the league minimum wage for Bailey. The rest of what remains in his $ 23 million contract for 2019 is being paid by the Dodgers. Oakland will absorb only about $ 250,000 from Bailey's salary, said Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Bailey was 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 18 starts in Kansas City.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.