Royals Trade Melky Cabrera to Giants for Jonathan Sanchez

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Monday, Melky Cabrera was traded to the San Francisco Giants.

The Royals upgraded their starting pitching rotation on Monday with the first major move of the 2012 off season. Center Fielder Melky Cabrera was dealt to the Giants for starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and Double-A pitcher Ryan Verdugo. In 6 seasons with the Giants, the 28-year-old lefty posted a 4.26 ERA over 118 starts.

Sanchez threw a no-hitter in July of 2009 and won a World Series with the Giants in 2010. He struggled in 2011 with biceps tendinitis and a left ankle sprain that sidelined him for the last month of the season. Those injuries were not enough to scare the Royals out of acquiring him, however. He adds proven big league success and experience to a young rotation in desperate need of it.

The 27-year-old Cabrera is coming off the best season of his career with 18 HR’s, 87 RBI’s, and a .305 batting average. However, the Royals have depth at his position with the emergence of 24-year-old CF Lorenzo Cain. Both Cabrera and Sanchez are free agents after this season.

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