Relief for Jake Diekman Joining the Royals
One day after signing with the Kansas City Royals, Jake Diekman talks to reporters in spring training, a kind of homecoming for the native Nebraskan.
The day after signing with the Kansas City Royals, Jake Diekman talks to reporters in spring training, a kind of homecoming for the native Nebraskan.
For the second time in two weeks, the Royals have found a trading partner in the Oakland A & # 39; s.
The Royals traded left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman on Saturday for a pair of smaller league prospects against Oakland outfielder Dairon Blanco and right-handed Ismael Aquino.
In the second trade with the A & # 39; s this month – the Royals sent Homer Bailey west two weeks ago – the Royals pursued the same goal. Strengthen the farm system.
"Loved it. I love the whole organization, "said Diekman, a native of Nebraska. "Three and a half hours south of home. Everyone in the front office, coaches, training staff and players are stewards, and I loved it here.
After signing with the Royals this off-season, Diekman created a 4.75 ERA and also served as the team's primary setup man. 63 in 41 2/3 innings.
He is now counted to contribute to a playoff push in Oakland. Diekman spent part of four seasons with the Texas Rangers (2015-2018).
"I basically played against this team for three years," said Diekman. "I know the department very well. I know how good the real team is. I will just go and hopefully continue the success that they had and see where we end up at the end of the year. "
Diekman was traded three times during the season. The Phillies traded him to Texas as part of the deal that sent Cole Hamels to Texas. Last season, he was sold by the Rangers to Arizona. Both previous deals were closed on the trading date of July 31st.
"This time, I just feel super relaxed with everything," said Diekman. "Last year, I was dealing with a pregnant woman who was eight and seven months pregnant. This year we have a nine month old little girl. If we can make it as good as possible, that's good. "
Blanco, 26, has spent the year with double-A balls, batting 7 homers and 27 stolen bases .276 Aquino, 20, was in the rookie ball, earning a deserved run average of 10 in 10 appearances 4.58.