Tigers get INF Betemit from Royals for prospects



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have acquired veteran infielder Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals for Class-A prospects.

Betemit hit .281 in 57 games for the Royals, but lost playing time when the Royals promoted rookie third baseman Mike Moustakas from Triple-A Omaha on June 10. Betemit started only five games and had 23 at-bats after Moustakas’ arrival.

The Royals received left-handed pitcher Antonio Cruz, who was 2-6 with a 3.11 earned run average in 22 games, including 10 starts, with West Michigan in the Midwest League, and catcher Julio Rodriguez, who was hitting .283 in 66 games with Lakeland in the Florida State League.

The Royals also recalled infielder Mike Aviles, who was hitting .307 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 35 games with Omaha.