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Cardinals acquire Jamie Romak from Royals

The Cardinals have acquired 26 year old corner infielder and outfielder Jamie Romak from the Royals organization for cash.

Romak had arguably his best season in professional ball in 2011 when he hit 23 home runs with a .254 batting average with Northern Arkansas of the Class AA Texas League. He struck out 88 times in 439 at bats and walked 55. This season he was hitting .147 in 34 at bats for Class AAA Oklahoma City.

Drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2003, Romak was traded to the Pirates organization in 2007 and he remained with them until 2010 when he signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent.

Romak has played 251 minor league games in right field, 182 at first base, 129 at third base and 72 in left field. He's also appeared in two games as a pitcher, logging two innings with one hit and no runs allowed. He struck out one and walked none.

Kansas City had moved Romak away from the outfield and he hasn't played a game there since 2010. He is expected to report to Class AAA Memphis.