(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — In attempt to bolster their lineup, the Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Williingham from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Adam.
Willingham was hitting just .210 this season for the Twins, but the Royals were looking to add power to their lineup and were intrigued by the 35-year-old. Just two years ago he hit 35 home runs and drove in 110 runs for Minnesota.
“Obviously the goal was to win with the Twins,” Willingham said upon hearing about the trade. “Unfortunately, we weren’t. Now I have a chance to go help another club and hopefully make the playoffs.”
Willingham is expected to play Tuesday night when the Royals take on the Oakland Athletics at home.
The Royals hope Willingham will help the team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN