Royals swap Mondesi for Red Sox reliever

Kansas City has moved on from talented, but oft-injured Adalberto Mondesi, training the 27-year-old infielder to Boston for left-hander Josh Taylor. Taylor also is coming off an injury-riddled 2022.

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January 25, 2023 - 2:16 PM

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor (38) as the Red Sox take on the Phillies at Fenway on July 10, 2021, in Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts. (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals acquired left-hander Josh Taylor from the Boston Red Sox for injury-prone shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and an additional player on Tuesday, the second straight day that Kansas City dealt one of its surplus position players in a bid to upgraded its lackluster bullpen.

The 30-year-old Taylor missed all of last season with a back injury, but he was stellar over the previous three seasons in Boston, with a 3.69 ERA and 129 strikeouts over 121 appearances. At one point during the 2021 season, he had a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless outings, the longest streak for a left-hander in franchise history.

He also pitched in six of 11 postseason games for the Red Sox in ‘21, allowing one earned run over four innings pitched.

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