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Royals trade Melky Cabrera to Giants for former GreenJacket Jonathan Sanchez

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The Kansas City Royals traded former Atlanta Braves outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, a former Augusta GreenJacket, on Monday, upgrading their rotation and clearing the way for hotshot prospect Lorenzo Cain to get a chance in center field.

It was the second significant trade involving a starter this offseason. The Atlanta Braves shipped Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians last week.

The Royals also received Double-A pitcher Ryan Verdugo in the deal.

With a young lineup and plenty of talent still in the minor league system, Royals general manager Dayton Moore was willing to part with Cabrera to fill his biggest need: starting pitching.

“He’s a very dynamic left-handed pitcher,” Moore said. “His hit rates are very low, his strikeout rates are very high, his walks aren’t something we’re overly excited about, but at the same time he’s very young.”

RED SOX: Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has withdrawn from consideration for Boston’s managerial job.

He had been scheduled for an interview today, but Boston general manager Ben Cherington announced Monday that Maddux, brother of former Braves star Greg Maddux, had withdrawn. The job opened when Terry Francona left following the team’s epic collapse in September, when it went 7-20 and missed the playoffs.

TWINS: Minnesota fired general manager Bill Smith and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis.

Smith was one of Ryan’s assistants who took the job four years ago when Ryan stepped down to become a special assistant, citing burnout.

RANGERS: Texas determined one of their employees made an audio recording of the clubhouse speech manager Ron Washington gave to his players before Game 7 of the World Series.

The team investigated after the JoeSportsFan.com Web site posted the six-minute recording and said it was made by a member of the clubhouse staff it did not identify. The profanity-filled speech includes Washington encouraging and laughing with his players.

“It’s unacceptable. It was a private meeting for the team,” general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. “It was very poor judgment to tape it. That’s not what that meeting was for.”Daniels would not specify what disciplinary measures had been taken.


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