Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City has acquired outfielder Michael Tucker from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later, the Royals announced Wednesday.
Tucker, 30, hit .252 with 12 home runs, 61 RBIs and 16 stolen bases for the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds in 2001. He is a career .260 hitter who was drafted by the Royals in the first round of the 1992 June free-agent draft.
"This is another piece of the puzzle in improving our team," said Royals general Manager Allard Baird, whose team signed free agent outfielder Chuck Knoblauch on Tuesday. "Michael brings us versatility, allows us to improve our defense and team speed and makes our offense more productive vs. right-handed pitchers."
The trade allowed the Cubs to free up more money to sign free agent outfielder Moises Alou.
Tucker exercised his option last month and was due to make $2.25 million. The Cubs can now put that money toward Alou's three-year, $27 million contract.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated for assignment infielder Donnie Sadler.