Friday, October 31, 2008

Sports - Royals Trade Nunez for Jacobs

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“We need to get better now,” Moore said. “We can continue to develop at the major leagues, and we’re going to continue to get the same result we’ve been getting, and that’s not something we’re prepared to do anymore.”

This quote from Dayton Moore says it all. No more using the major league club as a place for figuring out if a player "gets it" or not.

I am fine with this trade. Moore has already shown a knack for putting together a fine relief corps, so Nunez is not great loss. The logjam at first base is really only in potential. What guys like Billy Butler, Kila Ka’aihue and Ryan Shealy "might" do.

Jacobs will not walk a lot, but he can hit the long ball. He's proven that. If Butler et al can prove they have the capabilities, then I am certain Moore will find a place for them.

In the meantime, I only hope a youngster like Butler is given time to prove he can do it ahead of somebody like Ross Gload, who has proven he can't.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sports - Royals Shopping Teahen

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The Royals are discussing a possible trade with the Cleveland Indians in which they would acquire an outfielder in exchange for Mark Teahen, according to sources with both teams.

Talks are believed to center on three possibilities for the Royals in the deal: Franklin Gutierrez, Ben Francisco and minor-leaguer Trevor Crowe.

The first major rumblings of the off season from the Royals camp. Teahen is now two years removed from his 2006 tear and it appears the team is ready to move on.

A quick look at the numbers makes this kind of a wash regardless of who the Royals end up with. Guitierrez is a year younger than Teahen, but other than that, they all put up similar stats last season:


Can you tell me who you'd rather have?