The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that the club traded DH Kendrys Morales and cash considerations to the Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and international signing bonus pool space.
Morales, 35, is in the final year of his three-year, $33 million contract signed with the Jays in November 2016. Last year, the veteran slugger hit .249/.331/.438 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 471 plate appearances.
The A’s recently learned that first baseman Matt Olson will be out four to six weeks with a hamate bone injury. Morales could help fill the gap at first base along with Mark Canha.
Lopez, 22, spent last season with Single-A Beloit, batting .239/.293/.402 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 326 plate appearances. He has spent most of his time at second base, but has also played a significant amount of third base and shortstop.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.