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Ex-Ray Zobrist heads to K.C.

Published Jul. 29, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Royals made another big addition for the stretch run Tuesday, acquiring former Rays All-Star Ben Zobrist and nearly $2.6 million from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and minor-league LHP Sean Manaea.

The versatile Zobrist, 34, batted .268 with a .354 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage in 67 games for the A's, who are in last place in the AL West. He joins a Royals team that leads the AL in wins and has an eye on winning the World Series after losing in seven games to the Giants last October.

It's the second big move in three days by the Royals, who acquired ace RHP Johnny Cueto from the Reds on Sunday.

"I'm already joining a team that's already a great team, Zobrist said. "And the addition of Johnny Cueto, you gotta believe there's going to be a lot more wins coming over the next couple months. I'm super excited about it."

Jays acquire 'best shortstop'

TORONTO — It seemed the Blue Jays needed to add starting pitching to help their playoff push. Instead, they traded for a superstar shortstop.

GM Alex Anthopoulos said acquiring five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies was "the rare chance that one of the best at his position was available."

"We're getting the best shortstop in baseball in our minds," Anthopoulos said. "We're just thrilled."

The Blue Jays also picked up RH reliever LaTroy Hawkins from Colorado in exchange for SS Jose Reyes and minor-league RHPs Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

Toronto leads baseball with 528 runs, but its starters have an ERA of 4.38, tied for third worst in the AL.

NATS GET PAPELBON: The Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star RHP Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies for Double-A RHP Nick Pivetta.

Papelbon is Philadelphia's career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances this season. He also is Boston's saves leader with 219.

The right-hander, 34, had said he wouldn't accept a trade unless he would remain a closer and agreed to waive his no-trade clause after getting the assurances he needed from Washington. RHP Drew Storen, 29-for-31 in save chances for the Nationals this season, will assume the primary setup role.

The Phillies also pushed LHP Cole Hamels' next start back a day to Friday night, after the deadline for nonwaiver trades.

ANGELS ADD OUTFIELDER: Los Angeles acquired veteran OF David Murphy from the Indians for minor-league SS Eric Stamets. Murphy, 33, is batting .296 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage in 84 games. Also, Angels CF Mike Trout was out of the starting lineup because of an injured left wrist. And former Rays OF Matt Joyce was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

BLUE JAYS: INF Devon Travis left after two innings with a sore left shoulder.

DODGERS: 3B Justin Turner went to an emergency room after a pimple on his leg turned into an infection, the club said.

METS: Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, RH reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

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