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Royals trade reliever Aaron Crow to Marlins for two minor-league pitchers

Right-hander Aaron Crow was 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 67 relief appearances for the Royals in 2014 but did not pitch in the playoffs.
Right-hander Aaron Crow was 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 67 relief appearances for the Royals in 2014 but did not pitch in the playoffs. The Kansas City Star

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.

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.

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