The Diamondbacks announced on Wednesday evening that the club acquired outfielder Jon Jay from the Royals in exchange for minor league pitchers Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano. The D-Backs designated outfielder Kris Negron for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Jay.
Jay, 33, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Royals in March. He was productive, hitting .307/.363/.374 in 266 plate appearance while playing solid defense. The D-Backs are short on outfielders with Steven Souza, Jr. and A.J. Pollock on the disabled list.
Speier, 23, has spent the year at Double-A Jackson, posting a 3.03 ERA with a 26/10 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief.
Luciano, 18, was the No. 26 prospect in the D-Backs’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. He has yet to pitch in 2018, but he spent last year in rookie ball, posting a composite 2.84 ERA with a 52/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.