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Royals acquire Josh Willingham from the Twins

Aug 11, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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The Royals just announced that they have acquired outfielder/designated hitter Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for prospect right-hander Jason Adam.

Willingham, 35, is batting just .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 68 games this season. However, he still offers power and patience from the right side of the plate and could be useful in a part-time role down the stretch. An incremental upgrade could make a difference for the Royals, who will begin play tonight just a half-game behind the Tigers for first place in the American League Central. Willingham is owed a little under $2 million for the remainder of this season, after which he will become a free agent.

Adam, 23, has a 4.67 ERA and 89/30 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. He pitched exclusively as a starter over his first three seasons in pro ball, but he has made nine relief appearances this season, including eight since his promotion to Triple-A. Baseball America ranked him as the Royals’ No. 9 prospect over the winter.

  1. pwshrugged - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    The Twins really like those back-of-the-rotation starter types, don’t they?

    • tjwilliams - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      That’s about all you’re going to get for seven weeks of a left fielder who’s hit .209 with a .725 OPS over the last two years.

      • pwshrugged - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        True. I guess I should tip my hat to them for moving him at all, but I can’t help it. Even as a non-fan, I just look back at 2011/2012, when they had a cornucopia of assets to trade to spur a rebuild, either because of guys with expiring contracts (Nathan, Cuddyer, etc) or guys having ridiculous career years (Willingham). Oh well.

  2. 1twinsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Nooooo! Williingham is not the player I’d like us to trade.

    • Cris E - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Oh come on, he’s got to at least be on your list, right? You do have a list, a pretty solid list of guys to move, don’t you? At this point every Twins fan has to have more than one player in mind. There are nuns and retired school teachers who want to see butts shipped out. (Curiosity: what player do you want to see them move?)

      • dluxxx - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        Probably Joe Mauer. There’s a ton of those right now. Idiots.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Willingham and Correia were THE guys to move. Expiring deals, wouldn’t be back next year, limited value, but happy to get anything for them.

  3. migoli - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Kinda shocked they got anything but money for him. Expected a Correria type deal

    • Cris E - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM


      I’ll give a little credit to Terry Ryan. He seems to ship out more guys in August than anyone else, and he almost never has to pay for the airplane tickets to get these guys to new cities. A #9 prospect is way more than I expected at this point.

  4. insidefastball - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Definitely a Royals kind of move.

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