The Royals and Braves added another trade between them on a busy Friday for both teams.
On the same day the Royals added reliever Nick Anderson in a deal with Atlanta, the clubs traded two former first-round pitchers with Kyle Wright heading to Kansas City for Jackson Kowar.
Wright, 28, arrives with three years of arbitration and won’t be a free agent until 2027.
The Royals likely won’t see Wright pitch during the 2024 season after undergoing right shoulder surgery in October.
However, it could be useful in the long run.
He led the majors with 21 wins and posted a solid 3.19 ERA in 2022, making him the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins since Tom Glavine in 2000.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kyle Wright throws against the Chicago Cubs at Truist Park.USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con
The right-hander also played a big role in the 2021 World Series for the Braves when he allowed just one run in 5 1/3 reliefs against the Astros.
Wright was drafted 5th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft by Vanderbilt University and had a 4.45 ERA over six seasons.
Kowar leaves Kansas City without accomplishing what the team had hoped for when the team drafted him 33rd overall in the 2018 draft out of the University of Florida.
Jackson Kowar pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, September 5, 2023.PA
Over three seasons in the big leagues, Kowar posted a dismal 9.12 ERA in 39 games, including eight starts, in 74 innings.
To try to turn things around, Kowar was moved to the bullpen in 2023, but he ultimately couldn’t control the plate, walking 20 batters in 28 innings.
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