Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow, a Missouri grad from Topeka who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, was traded to the Marlins for two minor-league pitchers, the club announced on Friday.
Crow, 28, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was the Royals’ All-Star representative in 2011.
He posted a 20-11 record and 3.43 ERA with six saves in 254 games, all out of the bullpen and mostly as a setup man, over four years in Kansas City. He went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and three saves in 67 relief appearances this year, but did not pitch in the postseason.
The Royals acquired left-handed starter Brian Flynn and right-handed reliever Reid Redman from Florida.
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Flynn, 24, made two appearances with one start for the Marlins this season. He spent the majority of the year in Class AAA New Orleans, where he went 8-10 with a 4.06 ERA. He was chosen a Pacific Coast League postseason All-Star in 2013 after posting a 2.80 ERA.
Flynn, a Tulsa, Okla., native who pitched for Wichita State, is 0-3 with an 8.64 ERA over six major-league appearances, including five starts.
Redman, 26, split last season between Class A Jupiter, Fla., and Class AA Jacksonville, and posted a combined 5-1 record with a 2.04 ERA, allowing 12 walks while striking out 68 in 44 appearances.
Redman was originally drafted by the Rays in 2012 as an infielder but was converted to a relief pitcher after signing with the Marlins in 2013. He has posted a 2.00 ERA in 63 career minor league appearances, going 7-3 with eight saves and 93 strikeouts in 90 innings.