Kansas City, MO (November 6, 2009) -- The Kansas City Royals today announced that they have acquired infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen and cash considerations.
The 26-year old Getz served as the White Sox starting second baseman for a majority of the 2009 campaign, batting .261 with 19 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 31 RBI and 49 runs scored in 107 games. The left-handed hitter ranked tied for first among AL rookies in multi-hit games (28), third in triples and stolen bases (25), tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in walks (30), runs and hits (98). Getz' 92.6 stolen base percentage (25-for-27) led the league (min. 15 attempts). Defensively, his seven errors were tied with Toronto's Aaron Hill for the fewest among second baseman in the AL. He also appeared in 10 games for the Sox in 2008.
Born in Southfield, Mich., Getz attended Wake Forest University and the University of Michigan where he was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2004 and 2005. A fourth-round selection by Chicago in 2005, Getz entered 2009 rated by Baseball America as the No. 9 prospect in the White Sox system as well as being the Best Hitter for Average and having the Best Strike Zone Discipline. He resides in Grosse Point, Mich.
Fields, 26, appeared in 79 games for the White Sox in 2009, batting .222 with five doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 30 RBI and 29 runs scored. The 6-foot-2 right-handed hitter also played in 27 games with Charlotte (AAA), hitting .265 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
The White Sox first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2004 Draft out of Oklahoma State University, Fields burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2007, hitting 17 doubles, 23 home runs and driving in 67 in 100 games. He led all AL rookies in home runs and slugging percentage (.480) while finishing second overall in the league with 18 home runs following the All-Star break. He starred on the Oklahoma State baseball and football teams, serving as the Cowboys quarterback and leading the team to a 9-4 record in 2003 as a junior. Born in Ada, Okla., he now resides in Bradenton, Fla., with his wife, Ashleigh.
Teahen, 28, was a .269 career hitter for the Royals in five seasons. He hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 144 games in 2009.
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