The Royals have acquired right-hander Domingo Tapia from the Mariners, as announced by both teams. The M’s will receive cash considerations in their end of the deal. Tapia has been assigned to Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate.
Signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets in 2009, Tapia finally made his MLB debut last season, tossing 4 1/3 innings for the Red Sox. Seattle acquired him via waiver claim last October, and Tapia tossed two scoreless innings before the Mariners designated him for assignment earlier this week.
Tapia has a 4.11 ERA over 691 1/3 innings in the minors. He has only a 17.6% strikeout rate against minor league batters, but Tapia is more of a grounder specialist, regularly topping the 50% threshold for groundball rates during his time in the Mets’ and Reds’ farm systems. Tapia will likely serve as a big league-ready depth option out of the Royals bullpen.
To create space on the 40-man roster for Tapia, Kansas City transferred righty Jesse Hahn to the 60-day injured list. Hahn, who was placed on the 10-day IL on April 12 with a right shoulder impingement, will now be out of action until at least June 11.