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Mariners trade Peguero to Royals

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Carlos Peguero, who played 65 games for the Mariners over the past three years, was traded to the Royals on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, the club announced.

Peguero, 26, had been designated for assignment on Jan. 16 to open a spot on the 40-man roster after Seattle signed free-agent catcher John Buck.

Peguero, who is out of Minor League options, has hit .195 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in several different stints with the Mariners from 2011-13.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder has shown impressive power at times and represented Tacoma in the Triple-A All-Star Game last year. He hit .260 with 19 home runs and 83 RBIs in 118 games for the Rainiers in 2013, but he has had trouble making contact in his Major League opportunities with 84 strikeouts in 205 at-bats.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.

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