Report: Royals Acquire Josh Willingham From Twins

Posted on Aug 11 2014 - 10:49pm by Johnny Feulner
Josh Willingham has just 12 home runs this season after hitting 35 in 2012 - Mandatory Credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images via ESPN.com

Josh Willingham has just 12 home runs this season after hitting 35 in 2012 – Mandatory Credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images via ESPN.com

The red-hot Kansas City Royals, who’ve won seven straight games heading into Monday night’s tilt against Oakland, have gone out and stabilized their lineup.

According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have reportedly claimed outfielder Josh Willingham off waivers from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jason Adam.

Willingham is earning $7 million this season, and the Royals are paying him whatever remains out of that amount, which is roughly $1.8 million, per McCullough.

Willingham, 35, has struggled this season with Minnesota, and will now look to slot in as a designated hitter with Raul Ibañez in Kansas City. Perhaps, he just needed a fresh start elsewhere.

In 68 games this year, Willingham’s batting an abysmal .210 with just 12 home runs and 34 RBIs. Over his last 15 games, he’s got 11 hits, three home runs, and six RBIs.

Adam, 23, was taken by the Royals in the fifth-round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, and was pitching for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

In eight appearances, Adam went 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and had 11 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. Prior to his call-up, Adam was with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, and he appeared in 19 games, went 4-8, had a 5.03 ERA, and had 89 strikeouts in 98.1 innings.