The Kansas City Royals have announced that they have dealt left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph to the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. In a corresponding move, Miami also designated outfielder Brent Keys for assignment to make room for Joseph on their 40-man roster.
#Royals announce that they've traded LHP Donnie Joseph to Miami for cash considerations. Joseph was DFA'd on June 24.— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 30, 2014
The 26-year-old Joseph was designated for assignment last week after making just one appearance for the Royals this season, allowing six runs in just two-thirds of an inning. He has made seven career major league appearances, allowing six runs, walking five, and striking out nine in 6.1 innings pitched. He had a 3.86 and 10.5 K/9 (albeit a 7.0 BB/9) in 25.2 innings for Triple-A Omaha this season. The Marlins immediately assigned him to Triple-A New Orleans.
Keys, a 2009 17th round pick, has hit .238/.371/.265 in 187 plate appearances at Double-A Jacksonville this year. Baseball America rated him as the 19th best prospect in the Marlins' system entering the season, noting a reserve outfielder upside.