The Kansas City Royals have traded outfielder Melky Mesa and right handed pitcher P.J. Walters to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations from the Blue Jays. The news was reported by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
The Royals traded OF Melky Mesa and RHP PJ Walters to Toronto for cash considerations.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) May 26, 2014
Just like the trade for catcher Hector Gimenez yesterday from the Chicago White Sox, it appears the Blue Jays just want some depth for Triple-A-Buffalo.
Walters returns to Toronto for the second time, as he was part of the trade that brought Colby Rasmus to Toronto.
Walters had been pitching horribly in Triple-A-Omaha, and will hope a change of scenery will be beneficial for him. Walters owns a terrible 7.97 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP in ten stats for the minor league affiliate of the Royals.
Walters pitched in the big leagues in 2012 and 2011 for the Minnesota Twins. He had an ERA of 5.79 ERA over the two years, in which he pitched 100 innings.
Melky Mesa was a member of the New York Yankees the past two seasons, making a few appearances in the big leagues, compiling two runs batted in. He did, however, have five home runs and 10 RBI so far this year in Triple-A-Omaha.
While it is unlikely either will get a shot at cracking the major league roster until September, the depth in Triple-A could be valuable for the Blue Jays.