KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor-league infielder Jose Martinez while designating catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.
The teams announced the trade Wednesday.
Cruz hit .204 with two homers and 11 RBI in 69 games for the Cardinals in 2015. The 29-year-old, who can also play third base, could compete with Drew Butera for the backup catcher job behind Salvador Perez.