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Royals trade pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to Blue Jays for cash considerations

The Royals announced today that the club has traded right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.

Jeffress, 25, was designated for assignment on November 2.  The right-hander was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Royals in 2012.

Royals make series of roster moves

 The Royals today announced several 40-man Major League roster moves.  Following the moves, the Royals now have 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.

The club has reinstated left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino from the 60-day Disabled List.  Both pitchers underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) during the 2012 season:  Duffy on his left elbow on June 13 and Paulino on his right elbow on July 3.

In addition, the club claimed right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso on Outright Waivers from the Colorado Rockies and claimed catcher Brett Hayes on Outright Waivers from the Miami Marlins. 

Leaving the Royals organization is right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, who was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Cleveland Indians. 

Catcher Manuel Pina was assigned outright to Omaha while left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy, right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were designated for assignment.

The 28-year-old Moscoso (name is pronounced “jee-AIR-moh mahs-KOH-soh”), who will turn 29 on November 14, has pitched for parts of the past four seasons in the Majors with the Rangers (2009-10), Athletics (2011) and Rockies (2012).  The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder made 23 appearances, including three starts, for Colorado last season and went 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA.  His best season came in 2011 with Oakland when he compiled an 8-10 record with a 3.38 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), allowing three hits or fewer in eight starts.  Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Moscoso was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2003. 

Hayes, 28, has worked as the Marlins backup catcher for parts of the past four seasons.  In 39 games in 2012, he batted .202 with six doubles after hitting .231 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 64 contests in 2011.  Known as a strong defensive catcher, Hayes has caught 19 of 74 attempted basestealers in his career (26%).  The 6-foot, 201-pound right-handed hitter was the Marlins’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nevada.  His father, Tim Hayes, was drafted by the Royals but never played professionally.

KC Close Up: Jeremy Jeffress

jeffress_2266.jpgToday we continue our “KC Close Up” series with right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress.  The hard-throwing 23-year old is looking to make his first Opening Day roster in 2011.

Jeremy is from South Boston, Va., which has a population of about 8,500 and is north of Durham, N.C. on U.S. 501.  Jeffress is not the first KC player to be born in the small Virginia town – former Royal Michael Tucker was also born in South Boston.

Jeremy was acquired in the December trade that sent Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee.  Jeffress has an “exploding” fastball that has been clocked above 100 MPH!  Watch Jeremy pitch on this Twitter video (and turn up the sound!): http://twitvid.com/VHS5M 

Jeffress made his Major League debut on September 1, 2010, pitching a scoreless inning against the Reds.  Jeffress compiled a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances for the Brewers.  After the season, he pitched for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, where he was a teammate of several Kansas City’s top prospects.  Jeffress struck out 14 batters in 11.2 innings for Surprise and pitched in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game.

Let’s learn a little more from Jeremy, who is already considered a clubhouse favorite.

ATH:  Besides baseball, what is your favorite sport? 

Jeffress:  Basketball

ATH:  If you weren’t playing baseball, what occupation would you have? 

Jeffress:  SWAT team leader

ATH:  Who was your favorite player while growing up?


Beckett.JPGJeffress:
 Josh Beckett

ATH:  What’s your favorite food? 

Jeffress:  Chicken

ATH:  What’s your favorite TV show?

Jeffress:  The Jamie Foxx Show

ATH:  Besides family members, name one person who has influenced your career:

Jeffress:  Too many to name and I’d worry about leaving someone out.
 

Thanks to Jeremy for participating in our “KC Close Up”!  Check back on Friday for our next player profile!

Photo credit – Chris Carlson – AP

Previous KC Close Ups:  Lucas May – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/beckett-thumb-300×297-27418011.jpgarchives/2011/03/kc_close_up_lucas_may_talks_ab.html

Kila Ka’aihue – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/beckett-thumb-300×297-27418011.jpgarchives/2011/03/kc_close_up_-_kila_kaaihue.html

Royals Hot Stove tonight on 610 Sports and royals.com

jeffress_2266.jpgThe Hot Stove show is back tonight from 6 to 7 Central time on 610 Sports in Kansas City and worldwide on royals.com …Hosts Denny Matthews and Ryan Lefebvre welcome right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and Detroit play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson to the show.

You can tune in at the following link, where you’ll also find archived broadcasts of the first five shows.

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp

Royals acquire Escobar, Cain, Odorizzi and Jeffress from Brewers for Greinke, Betancourt and cash

The Royals announced today that the club has acquired shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and right-handed pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations. 

Escboar, whose first name is pronounced “al-SEE-dees”, turned 24 last Thursday and spent his first full Major League season in 2010 with Milwaukee as the club’s shortstop.  The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder hit .235 (119-for-506) with 14 doubles, 10 triples, four home runs, 41 RBI and 57 runs scored.  The 10 triples ranked tied for third in the National League and set a new franchise rookie record.  The right-handed hitter and thrower also stole 10 bases in 14 attempts.  Escobar entered the 2010 campaign rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Brewers organization and the number 12 overall prospect in baseball by the same publication.  He was a career .293 hitter with 176 stolen bases in 647 minor league games since being signed by Milwaukee as a non-drafted free agent on July 9, 2003.  Born in La Sabana, Venezuela, Escobar now resides in Vargas, Venezuela, with his daughter, Gabriela.

The 24-year-old Cain got his first taste of big league action last season, hitting .306 with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run, 13 RBI and 17 runs scored in 43 games for the Brewers.  Appearing mostly in center field, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Cain also added seven stolen bases in eight attempts.  The right-handed hitter and thrower opened 2010 with Huntsville (AA), batting .324 in 62 games and would have started the Southern League All-Star Game had he not been promoted to Nashville (AAA).  The speedster has hit .291 in 584 minor league contests with 124 stolen bases in 159 attempts.  Selected by Milwaukee in the 17th round in 2004 out of Tallahassee Community College, Cain was born in Valdosta, Ga., but currently calls Madison, Fla., home.

Odorizzi (oh-duh-RIZZ-ee), 20, earned Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010 after compiling a 7-3 record with a 3.43 ERA in 23 appearances (20 starts) for Wisconsin (A) in the Midwest League.  The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-hander allowed just 99 hits in 120.2 innings, walking 40 and striking out 135, pacing the circuit with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.  Odorizzi was recently rated by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the talent-rich Midwest League.  The Highland, Ill., native was drafted in 2008 by the Brewers in the supplemental first round (32nd overall) following a senior season at Highland High in which he was named Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.  Odorizzi turned down a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville to play both baseball and football to sign with the Brewers. 

The 23-year-old Jeffress (JEFF-ress) pitched at four levels in the Brewers system last season, including making 10 relief appearances for Milwaukee in the final month.  The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA for the Brewers in 10.0 innings.  He finished up 2010 by making 10 relief appearances for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 3.09 ERA and striking out 14 in 11.2 innings, also striking out a pair in a scoreless inning at the AFL Rising Stars Game.  Jeffress also made stops in 2010 with Wisconsin (A), Brevard County (A Advanced) and Huntsville (AA).  The South Boston, Va., native earned Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 when he struck out 115 in 94.0 combined innings for Brevard County and Huntsville.  Jeffress was selected by Milwaukee in the first round (16th overall) in 2006 out of Halifax County (Va.) High School.

Greinke, 27, was the Royals first-round pick (6th overall) in the 2002 Draft and has posted a 60-67 career mark since his debut in 2004.  The right-hander followed up his 2009 Cy Young campaign by going 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts in 2010.  Greinke leaves Kansas City seventh on the franchise list with 931 strikeouts, eighth with 169 starts, ninth with 67 losses and 10th with 1,108.0 innings pitched.

The 28-year-old Betancourt hit .259 with career-highs in home runs (16) and RBI (78) last season.  The shortstop was acquired by the Royals on July 10, 2009 from the Mariners in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Escobar, Cain and Jeffress were added to the Royals 40-man roster while Odorizzi was assigned to the Wilmington (A Adavanced) roster.  In addition, the Royals designated infielder Joaquin Arias for assignment to bring the Major League roster to 40.

 

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