The Royals also obtained right-hander Dennis Tankersley.
May will give the Padres a starter who has averaged close to
200 innings the last two seasons, while Bukvich gives the Padres a
power arm out of the bullpen.
May went 9-19 with a 5.61 ERA in 31 starts in 2004. He threw
three complete games, including a five-hit shutout of the Baltimore Orioles on June 9.
May led the Royals in wins and innings pitched for the second
consecutive season. He threw 186 innings last season and 210 in
2003, when he was 10-8. Over parts of six big league seasons with
four teams, May has a career record of 25-39 with a 4.98 ERA.
"We think his numbers should improve," general manager Kevin
Towers said. "Having a left-hander in this division is important.
It's a good gamble. We're moving a guy who was an extra outfielder
for a guy who has a chance to be a starter."
With Long gone, Xavier Nady will have more playing time in the
outfield. The Padres sent the Royals a little less than $1 million
in cash to help offset Long's $4.7 million salary, but will still
save approximately $500,000 in salary in the deal.
Bukvich appeared in nine game for the Royals last season, going
0-0 with a 3.68 ERA and one save.
Tankersley went 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine games, including six
starts, last season.