Royals acquire Keppinger from Mets

Royals acquire Keppinger from Mets

The Kansas City Royals and New York Mets completed a deal that sent Jeff Keppinger to Kansas City and Ruben Gotay to New York in a swap of Minor League second basemen.

With much speculation circling around possible trades involving Reggie Sanders, Tony Graffanino and Mark Redman by the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, Kansas City took part in a Minor League deal Wednesday.

In the Minors, Gotay, a 23-year-old switch-hitter, was batting .264 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs. Keppinger was batting .299 with two home runs and 26 RBIs.

Gotay was once in line to be the Royals' second baseman of the future, but struggled at times in the field and at the plate when he got opportunities at the Major League level. Gotay appeared in 44 games and batted .270 for the Royals in 2004, but in 86 games with Kansas City in 2005, Gotay slumped to .227 at the plate. In 123 career games at the Major League level with the Royals, Gotay had a .981 fielding percentage.

Howard Kussoy is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.