Red Sox acquire LHP Ryan Verdugo from Royals

July 16, 2014 - 1:58 pm

The Royals announced that they've traded left-handed pitching Ryan Verdugo to the Red Sox for cash considerations. Verdugo, 27, has made one big league appearance in seven professional seasons, allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings in a start in 2012. After opening the year on the sidelines for six-plus weeks due to a sports hernia, he'd made nine starts this year for Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, going 5-2 with a 4.24 ERA, 8.5 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings. He'd been effective against both lefties (.216/.326/.324) and righties (.231/.279/.377) while working with a fastball around 90 mph, a solid changeup and slider. Verdugo, who is not on the 40-man roster, is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket with the versatility to offer left-handed bullpen or starting depth. The former LSU pitcher (who was teammates for a year with Anthony Ranaudo) does have options left if eventually added to the 40-man roster.