Royals Sign Former Phillies Outfielder

He'd spent parts of six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, but never quite established himself as a full-time contributor. Now, outfielder Roman Quinn is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization.

He signed a minor league contract, and will be assigned to the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. 

In 23 games with the Phillies this season, Quinn has managed only a .162 average and an equally untenable .414 OPS. Those numbers are down even further from his 28-game trial last season, when he hit .173 with a .595 OPS. Overall, across his six MLB seasons, he's batting .223 with a .643 OPS.

But once upon a time, the now 29-year-old Quinn was a good prospect, drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Draft by the Phillies. He has good speed, and is solid defensively, mainly as a center fielder. 

Will he get a chance with the Royals on the big league roster? A lot will depend on who the team trades away as the deadline approaches in seven weeks. Any or all of outfielders Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi and Michael A. Taylor could be sent packing, which could clear a spot for Quinn.

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