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Kansas City receives Melky Cabrera from White Sox on trading deal

Updated On 31 Jul, 2017 Published On

The Chicago White Sox exchanged outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for two prospects. 

Chicago got right-hander A.J. Puckett and left-hander Andre Davis from Kansas City.

Baseball veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera

Baseball veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera

Source: Sports Illustrated

Melky Cabrera touched base to the ballpark Sunday morning to see his name in the leadoff spot. 

A couple of hours after the fact, Cabrera was no longer in the lineup – and no longer in the group. The White Sox exchanged the veteran outfielder to the Royals for pitching prospects A.J. Puckett and Andre Davis.

On the surprising moment for Cabrera, a professional baseball left fielder for the Kansas City Royals, said:

“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this because I love the city, I love the team, but at the same time, you’re seeing what’s happening around the team with all the moves.” [You] try to block out all those things, but I knew it was a possibility. … It’s a sad day for me.”

The Royals likewise got trade contemplations out the arrangement. Cabrera is making $15 million this year and will turn into a free operator after the season.

Davis is the thirteenth positioned player in the Royals' homestead framework, while Puckett is No. 22, as indicated by MLB.com.

After traded to Kansas City Royals, Cabrera said:

"I will go there [and] try to help the team win games. They acquired me for a reason. I hope to help them.''

Cabrera, 32, is hitting .295 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs in 98 diversions (428 plate appearances). 

The Royals entered Sunday's diversion against the Boston Red Sox with a 54-48 record and are in second place in the AL Central, three amusements behind the division-driving Cleveland Indians.

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The 32-year-old was prominent among teammates and fans for his eagerness.

“He was a class teammate,” Jose Abreu said. “He was a great player, too. You’re going to miss that."

“We all understand that this is part of the process. I just wish the best for him now in K.C.”