|"We'll use his versatility," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He's got most of his time logged in center and second, but he's played a lot of third, left and right. I spoke to him today and he says he's 100 percent health-wise and feels great. His history shows that he's got the ability to steal bases, he's got lateral range and speed. We'll see where he's at when we get him."|
In the middle part of this decade this would have been a move I supported but injuries have really slowed him down. From 2001-2006 he hit .274/.367/.383 with 121 stolen bases. A very useful guy to have, he could get on base and swipe a few. But from 2007-2009 the injury plagued version has hit just .251/.314/.330 with only 22 steals. I imagine that Moore's eyes lit up like a christmas tree when he saw that .314 OBP (of course that assumes that he would even bother looking at Freel's recent statistical history).
Clark Fosler thinks this is a precursor to another move and while I'm inclined to agree this also seems like the typical Moore move that serves no purpose but to confuse. When Gordon comes back the Royals will essentially have three players that fill this type of utility role and only one of them I think has any value, that of course would be Mark Teahen. I like having Teahen around just because he's not the worst guy in the world to plug in the lineup should a starter go down. I really don't have that confidence in Freel or Bloomquist.
If there is another trade then this move probably makes sense but if there isn't then this just another case of Moore being Moore.