The Royals pulled off their second major trade of the off-season Wednesday morning by acquiring outfielder Coco Crisp from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Both clubs confirmed the deal at 11 a.m.
“(Crisp) is a championship-caliber player who will help this team in a number of ways,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “We’d like to wish Ramon Ramirez nothing but the best. He performed extremely well for us last year as a key component of our bullpen, and he will be missed.”
Crisp, 29, batted .283 last season in 118 games for the Red Sox with seven homers and 41 RBIs. He became increasingly expendable in Boston because of the emergence of rookie outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
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Ramirez, 27, emerged last season as a dependable reliever after arriving in late March from the Colorado Rockies. He was 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 appearances. He had one save and 21 holds.
The trade continues a busy off-season for the Royals, who acquired first baseman Mike Jacobs on Oct. 30 from the Florida Marlins for reliever Leo Nuñez. The club has also been linked in numerous trade rumors.
Crisp will make $5.75 million next season in completing a three-year deal for $15.5 million signed in April 2006. Ramirez made $397,000 last season and is not yet eligible for arbitration.
The trade boosts the Royals’ projected payroll, as the roster now stands, to about $70 million. Moore previously cited that figure as the maximum.
Crisp immediately projects as the Royals’ center fielder and leadoff hitter. His acquisition also enables the club to shift David DeJesus from center to left.