Royals trade Willie Bloomquist to Reds

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have acquired utilityman Willie Bloomquist from the Kansas City Royals for either a player to be named or cash.

Bloomquist will join the NL Central-leading Reds for the stretch drive. They began the day with a six-game lead over St. Louis.

Bloomquist had been set to start in left field today in the Royals' game against Oakland. He hit .265 with three home runs and 17 RBIs this season.

The 32-year-old Bloomquist has started games this year at second base, third base, left field, center field and designated hitter. He had a nine-game hitting streak snapped over the weekend.