Danny Duffy's memorable tenure with the Royals came to an end on Thursday. Kansas City dealt the veteran left-hander to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are looking to boost their pitching staff as they prepare for what's likely to be a ninth straight trip to the postseason.
The Royals are also sending cash to Los Angeles and will receive a player to be named later in exchange for the 2015 World Series champion. Duffy had the right to veto any trade as a veteran of more than 10 major league seasons who has spent more than five of those seasons with his current team, but the Southern California native accepted an opportunity to go home and compete for another chance at a World Series title.
Duffy, 32, had a fantastic 11-year tenure in Kansas City, posting a 3.95 ERA over 234 games for the Royals, including 204 starts. He made three Opening Day starts for Kansas City and ranks sixth in franchise history in strikeouts (1,048), seventh in in starts (204) and eighth in innings pitched (1,172.1).
The left-hander has been stellar when healthy, posting a 2.51 ERA with .226 opponent batting average, 65 strikeouts and 22 walks in 61 innings. However, he's been limited to 13 appearances due to a left flexor strain that has sent him to the injured list twice. He hasn't pitched since July 16 and remains on the injured list, with GM Dayton Moore saying Tuesday that there was no official timeline for his return.