The Kansas Metropolis Royals have traded former All-Star slugger Mike Moustakas to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league outfielder Brett Phillips and minor league pitcher Jorge Lopez. A key member of the Royals’ 2015 World Collection championship workforce, he grew to become a free agent after final season, then signed a one-year contract with the Royals in March that features a mutual possibility for 2019. The Royals are final within the American League Central at 31-71. “We had been in search of one other huge bat so as to add to the lineup and we acquired it,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned Friday night time. “We really feel like we are able to put collectively a extremely powerful lineup each day now.” The 29-year-old Moustakas is hitting .249 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs this season. Milwaukee introduced the commerce after beating the San Francisco Giants 3-1. “Two left-handed bats within the lineup with pop, I am going to take it,” Chase Anderson, Friday’s successful pitcher, mentioned in reference to Moustakas and Brewers first baseman Eric Thames. Mike Moustakas joins a Brewers membership that has the highest spot within the NL wild-card race and is only one sport behind the Cubs for the NL Central lead. Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY SportsKansas Metropolis had left Yankee Stadium when Friday’s rainout was introduced. Moustakas can be reunited with former World Collection champion teammate Lorenzo Cain on the Brewers. Travis Shaw is the Brewers’ common third baseman. He may transfer to second to make room for Moustakas. Shaw has been taking grounders at second, though he is by no means performed the place professionally. “They approached me I suppose a few month in the past and requested my ideas about how snug I used to be over there, this and that,” Shaw mentioned. “I really feel like I can do a good job over there. The world’s going to say I am unable to do it. I take that problem to coronary heart. It is clearly going to make our lineup higher, it’ll make our lineup deeper. Moustakas is an efficient participant. He is gained a World Collection. He is a middle-of-the order sort of man. He will prolong our lineup, he will give us one other left-handed energy man.” The Brewers, whose final playoff look was in 2011, are one sport behind the the Chicago Cubs within the Nationwide League Central and have a 2 1/2-game lead within the NL wild-card race. Earlier this week, they acquired veteran reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox. “We’re targeted on the upside offensively so as to add an affect bat to the lineup, a man who we expect matches our lineup and our ballpark very nicely,” Milwaukee common supervisor David Stearns mentioned. “The reality is with the best way we transfer our infielders round, standard positions do not apply to us all that a lot. We ask plenty of our infielders … to play all around the grime. And so Travis has performed all around the grime for almost all of this season and for many of final season as nicely.” Moustakas had six profession postseason dwelling runs for the Royals. Solely George Brett hit extra with 10. Together with his departure, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon are the one starters for the Royals from the clinching Recreation 5 of the 2015 World Collection nonetheless left on the workforce. Moustakas was first named an All-Star in 2015. After a proper knee harm reduce brief his 2016 season, Moustakas bounced again in 2017 for his second All-Star look and was named AL Comeback Participant of the 12 months. Phillips is the 10th-ranked prospect within the Brewers system, based on MLB Pipeline. He is hitting .240 with six dwelling runs and 25 RBIs for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, and he additionally noticed motion in 15 video games for the Brewers. Lopez additionally has been taking part in for Colorado Springs, going 3-Three with a 5.65 ERA in 24 reduction appearances. The best-hander has appeared in 13 main league video games, together with 10 this season for Milwaukee. The Related Press contributed to this report.
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