Why the Josh Willingham trade makes sense for the Royals

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The Royals of Kansas City added some more talent to their batting order yesterday trading for Josh Willingham (who was on waivers) of the Minnesota Twins while sending young pitching prospect Jason Adam to the Twin Cities.

Willingham adds a nice power bat to the Royals team and expects to see most of his at-bats at DH (designated hitter). He joins an already formidable squad consisting of heavy hitters such as first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and solid contact hitting shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Top lineup

Add in veteran second baseman Omar Infante and speedster Jarrod Dyson and you can see why the Royals are a good-looking dark horse to win their division.

But back to the trade, Josh Willingham proves that the team was not content with their current situation as Butler moved from the DH spot to first base with Eric Hosmer injured. Hosmer has had the designated hitter spot locked up and expects to be reinstated there when he returns.

Immediate impact

As someone who can bring in runs consistently (Willingham had over 150 RBIs over last two seasons in Minnesota) he can make an immediate impact as soon as he comes to the plate.

He is definitely getting up there in age, 35, but then again production is something that any team can use. Kansas City will pick up the remaining $1.8 million dollars on his contract for this year; Willingham is on the last year of his $21 million dollar contract.

We will stay tuned to see what he does in Kansas; for that and all other manner of sports news, GiveMeSport is the place for you.

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