TRADE: ROYALS ACQUIRE DAVIES FOR DOTEL
From Media Relations…
Kansas City, MO (July 31, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals today acquired right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Davies from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. The swap was made just hours before the 3 p.m. (CT) non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline.
Davies, who will turn 24 on Sept. 9, spent the majority of the 2007 campaign with the Braves before being optioned to Richmond on July 19, where he has made a pair of starts. While working for Atlanta this year, he made 17 starts, posting a 4-8 record and 5.76 ERA, allowing 55 earned runs in 86.0 innings with 59 strikeouts.
The 6-2, 205 lb., native of Decatur, Ga., is a lifetime 14-21 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 Major League appearances, 45 of which have been starts. Davies debuted as a rookie with the Braves in 2005, going 7-6 with a 4.93 ERA. He was a fourth round pick of the Braves in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.
Dotel, 33, signed with the Royals as a free agent last Dec. 8. He missed nearly all of the first two months of the 2007 season due to a strained left oblique that occurred late in spring training. Since returning to active duty on May 23, Dotel has gone 11-for-14 in save situations (79 percent), while posting a 2-1 record and 3.91 ERA.