Braves Trade With Royals for Rick Ankiel, Kyle Farnsworth
Kansas City got reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and minor-league right-hander Tim Collins.
With Nate McLouth demoted to the minors and Melky Cabrera hitting .265, Ankiel can take over in center. He recently returned from a strained quadriceps that cost him more than two months of the season, and he has four homers and 15 RBI in 92 at-bats this season.
Farnsworth is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 37 appearances. He served as Atlanta's closer down the stretch in 2005 after coming over from Detroit.
Chavez, 26, is 3-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 28 games.
Blanco was sent down July 21 but made 16 starts in center field for Atlanta this year and has a .252 average in 204 major-league games.
Collins, 20, went from Toronto to Atlanta in the Yunel Escobar-Alex Gonzalez deal earlier this month. He is just 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds but has 87 strikeouts in 51 innings at Double-A.
In a separate deal, the Braves got outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named or cash.