The Giants have confirmed they have traded left hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
The Royals' official Twitter page first announced the deal Monday morning:
"Royals acquire LHP Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from Giants for OF Melky Cabrera."
Sanchez, 28, was just 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain. Over his career with Giants that began in 2006, Sanchez compiled a 38-46 record.
Sanchez threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on July 10, 2009, striking out 11 hitters en-route to the Giants' first no-no in 33 years.
Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs in his first season with the Royals.
The Giants also traded minor-league left-hander Ryan Verdugo in the deal. He was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Richmond this year.SLIDESHOW: Jonathan Sanchez's no hitterThe Associated Press contributed to this report.