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Royals Claim Outfielder Quintin Berry off waivers from Detroit

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The Royals gain some post-season experience for their pennant push by claiming the former Tigers outfielder off waivers.

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According to the Detroit Tigers, they have lost outfielder Quintin Berry off waivers to the Kansas City Royals and are no doubt gnashing their teeth at those dastardly division rivals. They would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for your meddling General Manager!

Berry is a 28-year old left-handed hitting outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. Originally drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006, Berry kind of bounced around the minor leagues, playing in the Reds and Padres organizations before Detroit claimed him off waivers in 2012. In Detroit he got his first taste of big league action, and was a sensation at first, hitting .306./391./413 in his first 35 games.

Then came cold hard regression to the mean. Berry posted a .597 OPS after that point, leaving him with a .258/.330/.354 line for the year with 2 HR 29 RBI in 330 plate appearances. He has some speed swiping 21 bases in 21 attempts last year. He was still able to get substantial action in the post-season, and starting two games of the World Series.

Berry has shown good plate discipline and terrific stolen base numbers in the minors, so as a bench guy, he's not a bad guy to have. He has been assigned to AAA Omaha, and would likely be one of the first guys up if the Royals suffer another injury or *hint, hint* someone gets designated for assignment. He has been quite awful this year however, hitting just .168./278/.234 for AAA Toledo with 15 stolen bases in 17 chances.

If you're looking at this as an answer to the season's woes, keep looking. But its certainly not a bad depth move.