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Royals trade minor-league first baseman Cody Decker to Colorado for cash

Cody Decker hit a double during a spring-training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers last month in Surprise, Ariz.
Cody Decker hit a double during a spring-training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers last month in Surprise, Ariz. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The Royals traded minor-league first baseman Cody Decker to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations, the club announced Wednesday. Decker, 29, was in his first season with the Royals organization after spending seven years with the San Diego Padres.

He was batting .278 with three homers in seven games for Class AAA Omaha. The Rockies’ Class AAA affiliate is in Albuquerque.

Decker made his big-league debut last September, appearing in eight games with the Padres. He signed a minor-league deal with the Royals in the offseason.

Known for his power and his entertaining personality, Decker had a solid spring training at the plate, batting .250 with a .346 on-base percentage and three homers. He was also an awkward fit for the Royals’ roster.

Decker is listed as an infielder and he’s played first base, third base and multiple outfield positions. But at 5 feet 11 and 225 pounds, his skill-set did not quite align with the Royals’ preference for speed and athleticism.

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