Blue Jays acquire Melky Mesa, open possibility of two-Melky outfield
The Blue Jays have acquired minor league outfielder Melky Mesa from the Royals.
With regular center fielder Colby Rasmus out indefinitely due to a hamstring problem, the Blue Jays made a minor trade on Monday to add some depth at Triple-A:
The Royals traded OF Melky Mesa and RHP PJ Walters to Toronto for cash considerations.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) May 26, 2014
The trade, of course, opens the possibility of a two-Melky outfield in Toronto. Melky Cabrera is the regular left fielder and Melky Mesa has experience in all three outfield spots. Both players were originally signed out of Latin America by the Yankees too, though they never played on the same time at the same time.
Mesa, 27, was hitting .284/.346/.527 with five home runs and one stolen base in 23 games for Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate before the trade. He played in eight games for the Yankees from 2012-13, going 6 for 15 (.400) with two doubles. I assume he will report to Triple-A.
As far as I can tell, Cabrera and Mesa are the only two Melkys in baseball history. Cabrera's first name is actually Melky, though Mesa uses it as a nickname, short for Melquisedec.
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