KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- The Kansas City Royals have traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals, the team announced on Monday.
The Royals acquire 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Blake Perkins and RHP Yohanse Morel from the Nationals.
Herrera has 14 saves this year and a 1.05 ERA.
The dominant closer has 438 strikeouts since he started his career with the Royals in 2011.
Here's info on the players the Royals received in the trade:
Gutierrez, a 23-year-old third baseman from Pimentel, Dominican Republic, was hitting .274 (63-for-230) with six doubles, three triples, five homers and 36 runs scored in 58 games for Harrisburg (AA) this season. He’s also 10-for-11 in stolen base attempts. He has been a midseason All-Star each of the last three seasons in three different leagues. He was added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster on November 20, 2017, while he was tabbed the 10th-best prospect in the organization by both Baseball America and MLB.com prior to the season.
Perkins, a 21-year-old switch-hitting outfielder from Litchfield Park, Ariz., was selected in the second round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He’s hitting .234/.344/.290 (59-for-252) with 11 doubles, a homer and 39 runs scored in 65 games with Potomac (A) this season, while ranking second in the Carolina League with 42 walks and tied for 10th with 12 steals. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2017, leading the league in runs scored (105) and walks (72) and ranking sixth in stolen bases (31). He was rated as the No. 11 prospect in the Nationals’ system by MLB.com before the season.
Morel, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher from Samana, Dominican Republic, is in his first professional season after signing as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2017. He’s made one start for the Nats’ Dominican Summer League team, pitching the first 3.1 innings in an 8-4 win over the Phillies’ Dominican club on June 2.