KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Royals acquired left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor from the Red Sox on Tuesday in a trade for shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and one other player. It was the second day in a row that Kansas City shed excess players on its roster to bolster its bullpen.
Taylor, 30, missed all of last season with a back injury. But he shined in his previous three seasons with Boston, posting a 3.60 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 121 appearances. At one point in the 2021 season, he posted a 26-game scoreless streak, the longest by a left-hander in franchise history.
Mondesí signed with the Royals in 2011 and has spent his entire career with the club. He made his major league debut in the 2015 World Series, when his future was considered immense. But despite his exceptional speed and defense, plus some flashes at the plate, Mondesi stalled as he suffered multiple injuries. He played just 109 games in the last three seasons.
Despite having one more year on his contract, Mondesí’s future with the Royals was cloudy after last season’s debut of top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. – who responded with a .252 batting average, 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases.
The Red Sox, in need of help at shortstop, are confident the 27-year-old will stay healthy and repeat the level of 2019, when he hit .263 with nine home runs and 43 steals in 102 games.
“On Monday night, the Royals traded the center fielder to Central Division rival Minnesota for Steven Cruz and Evan Sisk, a pair of pitchers who could shore up the bullpen this season.