The Kansas City Royals have traded RH reliever Aaron Crow to the Miami Marlins for LH reliever Brian Flynn and minor league right-hander Reid Redman, according to a report by Fox Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal.
Crow, 28, was often forgotten about given how deep the Royals bullpen was last year. Crow went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA, and a 34/24 K/BB ratio in 59 innings pitched for Kansas City in 2014.
Crow used to be a set-up man, but he was replaced by Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis, who were part of the Royals three headed monster of Herrera, Davis, and Holland that was so dominant at the back end of the bullpen during the Royals’ run to the World Series. With the Marlins, Crow will likely be a middle reliever ahead of Steve Cishek, and Mike Dunn. The Royals bullpen simply didn’t have any room for Crow, making him available in trade talks, and the Marlins added pen depth.
Flynn, 24, made 25 starts for the Marlins Triple A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League last season. He finished 8-10 with a 4.06 ERA, and a 104/50 K/BB ratio. Flynn made two Major league appearances and one start for the Marlins going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in seven innings pitched.
Redman, 26, has never pitched at the major league level. He split time with Class A Jupiter, and Double A Jacksonville. In 35 games with Jupiter, he went 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA, and a 58/9 SO/K ratio over 48.2 innings pitched. In 9 games with Jacksonville, he went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA over 13 innings pitched.