Outfielder Melky Mesa brings added depth to triple-A Buffalo after Kansas City reportedly traded him to Toronto on Monday along with right-handed pitcher P.J. Walters for cash considerations.
Mesa’s first name is actually Melquisedec, but the 27-year-old uses Melky as a nickname.
Centre-fielder Anthony Gose started the season in Buffalo but is presently in Toronto, where regular centre-fielder Colby Rasmus is nursing a hamstring injury.
Mesa sported a .284 batting average and .346 on-base percentage in 23 games for Kansas City’s triple-A affiliate before the trade.
He played a combined eight games for the New York Yankees over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, going 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles.
Monday’s deal leaves open the possibility of the Blue Jays having a two-Melky outfield, with Melky Cabrera the club’s starting left-fielder.
Walters, 29, was struggling mightily this season at triple-A Omaha with an ugly 1-4 record and 7.97 ERA. In 10 games, including eight starts, he allowed 52 hits and walked 19 in 40 2/3 innings.
Walters has a 6.28 ERA in 152 major league innings with St. Louis, Toronto (one game) and Minnesota.
He was part of the eight-player trade that saw Rasmus arrive from St. Louis on July 27, 2011.