The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired minor league infielder Cristian Perez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chance Adams.
Perez, 21, hit .252 (98-for-389) with 37R, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 42RBI, 20BB and 5SB in 117 games with Single-A Wilmington in 2019. A native of Cagua, Venezuela, he was originally signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on October 13, 2015. In four professional seasons, Perez has hit .263 (284-for-1,080) with 137R, 47 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR, 138RBI and 31SB in 311 games.
Adams, 25, went 1-2 with one save and an 8.18 ERA (33.0IP, 30ER) in 16 career Major League appearances (one start) with the Yankees from 2018-19. He spent the majority of the 2019 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 4-4 with one save and a 4.63 ERA (81.2IP, 42ER) in 18 games (15 starts). Adams was originally selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
Adams had been designated for assignment by the Yankees on December 18, 2019.