Giants Deal Sanchez, Verdugo For Cabrera

The Giants traded a pair of left-handed hurlers to the Kansas City Royals on Monday, dealing Jonathan Sanchez and prospect Ryan Verdugo for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Melky Cabrera came up in the Yankees organization. He was traded to the Braves in 2010 and was subsequently released by Atlanta. Cabrera had a solid year in 2011 with the Kansas City Royals, who signed him as a free agent. He hit .305 for the Royals with 18 home runs and 87 RBI. The 27-year-old played center field in Kansas City, although he also saw time in both left and right.

Jonathan Sanchez had a less-than-stellar season in 2011, going 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA. The soon-to-be 29-year-old struggled with his control and with his in-game focus. Still, he figured to be a strong contender for the Giants' fifth spot in the starting rotation.

Ryan Verdugo pitched for double-A Richmond in 2011, notching an 8-6 record with an ERA of 4.35. The 24-year-old was drafted in 2008 by the Giants in the ninth round. He looks poised for success with the jump to triple-A, and could conceivably be in the big leagues at some point in 2012.

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