Aaron Crow became a forgotten man in the Royals’ deep bullpen and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve traded the 27-year-old right-hander to the Marlins for left-hander Brian Flynn.
Earlier today the Royals re-signed veteran right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.8 million deal, which no doubt made them more comfortable parting with Crow.
Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie in 2011, but his yearly strikeout rate has dipped from 9.4 to 9.0 to 8.3 to 5.2 and this year he posted a 4.12 ERA with a 34/24 K/BB ratio while serving up 10 homers in 59 innings. His velocity was also down to 91-92 miles per hour after being 94-95 mph previously.
Flynn is a 6-foot-7 lefty acquired by the Marlins from the Tigers in the Anibal Sanchez trade and has given up 24 runs in 25 innings as a big leaguer so far, but the 24-year-old has decent minor-league numbers as a starter and could be a back-of-the-rotation option.