July 27 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to acquire left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman from the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals are expected to acquire two Minor League prospects in return, according to MLB Network.
Diekman is 0-6 with a 4.75 ERA in 48 games this year. He has struck out 63 hitters and walked 23 in 41 2/3 innings.
Diekman is 14-21 with a 3.87 ERA since debuting with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012.
Oakland entered play Saturday with a 58-47 record. The Athletics are 1/2 a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the American League's second Wild Card spot.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday.