Royals trade Homer Bailey to A’s
The Royals traded starting pitcher Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Kevin Merrell. Merrell will join Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He will not be on the 40-man roster. MLB Pipeline lists Merrell as the A’s #17 prospect. He reportedly has speed and the potential to be an above average hitter but with little power. MLB Pipeline says he has a fringe arm at shortstop and could end up as a super-utility player at the major league level. The trade is a case of the Royals likely getting the most they could for Homer Bailey who they would not have in 2020.
Tigers defeat Royals in a shootout 12-8
The Royals switched starting pitchers from Homer Bailey to Brian Flynn because of the trade of Bailey to the Athletics and Flynn struggled.
The Royals scored three runs in the first and led 3-1 entering the third. The Tigers then put up seven runs in the top of the third. Flynn allowed seven runs on eight hits in just two innings. Jorge Lopez, who just pitched three innings on Friday, was asked to pitch two more in this game. Lopez allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.
On offense, Adalberto Mondesi, Jorge Soler and Cam Gallagher had multi-hit games. Soler’s two hits were a double and a home run.
The Royals will start a four game series at home against the Chicago White Sox Monday night. Jakob Junis will face Lucas Giolito.