The Kansas City Royals have swapped former All-Star striker Mike Moustakas for Minor League outsider Brett Phillips and minor league pitcher Jorge Lopez to the Milwaukee Brewers
A key element of the 2015 World Cup a free agent after last season and signed a one-year deal with the Royals in March, which includes a common 2019 option. The Royals are last in the American League Central at 31-71.
"We were looking for" Another big racket to add to the lineup, and we have it, "said Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Friday night," We feel we can put together a really tough lineup every day . "
29-year-old Moustakas meets .249 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs this season. Milwaukee announced the deal after beating the San Francisco Giants 3-1
" Two Left-hander in the lineup with pop, I'll take it, "said Chase Anderson, Friday's pitcher, regarding Moustaka's and Brewers first baseman Eric Thames.
Kansas City had left the Yankee Stadium when the rain was announced on Friday, Mou stakas is reunited with his former team-mate Lorenzo Cain at the Brewers
Travis Shaw is the regular third baseman of the Brewers He was able to advance to second place for Moustakas, although Shaw has never taken the position professionally played.
"They approached me about a month ago and asked my thoughts about how well I was there" This and that, "Shaw said," I feel like I can do a decent job there. The world will say that I can not do it. I take this challenge to heart. It will of course improve our lineup, it will deepen our line-up. Moustakas "He's a good player, he's won a World Series, he's a mediocre guy, he's going to expand our lineup, he'll give us another power guy."
The Brewers, the last playoff appearance in 2011, is a game behind the Chicago Cubs in the Central National League and have a 2 1/2 game lead in the NL wildcard race earlier in the week they have veterans Reliever Joakim Soria Acquired The Chicago White Sox
"We're aggressively focusing on the offensive to add a bat to the lineup, a guy we think fits our line-up and stadium," said David Stearns , General Manager of Milwaukee. "The truth is with the way we move our infielders, conventional positions do not hit us too much, we ask many of our infielders … to play all the dirt, and so Travis has been playing dirt for most of this season and everywhere for most of last season. "
Moustakas had six career postseason home runs for the Royals. Only George Brett beat 10 more. With his departure, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon are the only starters for the Royals from Clinching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.
Moustakas was first named All-Star in 2015. Moustakas returned for his second All-Star appearance in 2017 and was named AL Comeback Player of the Year.
According to MLB Pipeline, Phillips is the tenth place in the Brewers system. He beats .240 with six homers and 25 RBIs for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, and he also sa W action in 15 games for the Brewers.
Lopez has also played for Colorado Springs, going 3-3 with a 5.65 ERA in 24 Relief appearances. The right-handed player has appeared in 13 league games, including ten this season for Milwaukee.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.