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Royals promote outfielder Dairon Blanco, part ways with Jackie Bradley Jr.

The 30-year old brings some elite speed.

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The Royals announced they have selected the contract of outfielder Dairon Blanco, and have designated outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for assignment.

The right-handed Blanco was hitting .347/.444/.451 with three home runs in 208 plate appearances. Blanco has been renowned for his speed, leading all affiliated minor leaguers with 47 steals in 53 attempts. Blanco is not a young player - he is already 30 - who got his pro career off to a late start after defecting from Cuba. He was originally signed by the Athletics, who traded him to the Royals in 2019 in a deal for pitcher Jake Diekman. Blanco appeared in five games with the Royals last year, going 2-for-7 (.286) with one stolen base.

Bradley was brought in on a minor league deal to provide depth at centerfield once the team lost Drew Waters to start the year. The former Gold Glove winner played solid defense, but hit just .133/.188/.210 in 113 plate appearances. He ties Chris Owings for the lowest career batting average in club history by any non-pitcher with at least 100 plate appearances.