White Sox trade Cabrera to Royals

Chicago White Sox’s Adam Eaton left and Melky Cabrera celebrate after scoring

The White Sox traded left fielder Melky Cabrera to the Royals on Sunday afternoon for right-handed pitcher A.J. Puckett and left-hander Andre Davis.

The White Sox will also send cash to Kansas City to help pay the remainder of Cabrera's contract. He is still owed $5.2 million of his $15 million salary this season, and Chicago will pay half of that remaining salary.

Cabrera, 32, is batting.295 with a.336 on-base percentage and 13 homers in 98 games for the White Sox.

Davis is the 13th-ranked player in the Royals' farm system, while Puckett is No. 22, according to MLB.com.

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The team tweeted Sunday a thank you to the outfielder as he prepares to leave Chicago.

The Royals are second in the AL Central, three games back of Cleveland, and they hold a 2.5 game edge over the Rays for the final Wild Card spot. At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, he is averaging 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings this season.

In 2011, Cabrera was with the Royals and he hit.305 and a career-high 44 doubles during that season.

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