Questions are coming in and they're coming in quickly.
1. Does anyone remember how bereft of talent our farm system was when Dayton Moore took over?
Dayton Moore took over on June 8th, 2006. At the end of that season, Alex Gordon was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year. Billy Butler was drafted in '04. Hochevar was drafted two days before Moore was officially named. (Some give Moore credit for this, some do not. Same obviously goes for Jason Taylor[BA's organizational 17], Blake Wood , Derrick Robinson . The signing of these players without argument DID occur on Moore's watch--28 out of 50 draftees were not signed.) The system also had Carlos Rosa, Kila Ka'aihue, Danny Gutierrez, Henry Barrera , Mitch Maier , Joe Dickerson , Juan Abreu . Not to mention last year's team rookie of the year, Mike Aviles.
2. He knows what he's doing, right? [sarcastic in tone]
Olivio (.269 OBP)
Callaspo (.354) questionable defense
Crisp (.336) out for season and only one point over league average and was falling fast
B. Pena (.353) questionable defense, few PA
T. Pena (.123)
Freel (.385) .273 slugging percentage
League Average: .335
And this doesn't even count our fearless GM's most recent dealings.
3. What makes you think he can pick them in the draft?
I have precious few complaints about Dayton here but I do have a few words here that will lead to an upcoming post about Dayton's drafting habits. In '07 and '08, the Royals took what was billed as the best high school bat in the draft by taking Mike Moustakas (.268/.306/.426 in Hi-A) and Eric Hosmer (.261/.360/.396 in Lo-A). My preferred bats? Matt Wieters (.260/.319/.404 in the bigs) and Justin Smoak (.307/.433/.486 in three leagues but mostly in Double-A). Dayton has done well for himself in the draft, there's no doubt able that. But when it comes to his drafting philosophy and matching it up with his farm system's needs and make-up, questions need to be asked.
4. (Guillen is the player being discussed.) But KC was desperate for a power bat at the time.
This isn't a question, so I'll have to make it one... Has this changed in the least? Jose Guillen is on pace to hit 18 long balls this year. Jacobs is on pace to hit 24, but since this was written, his pace has gone down by 12 HR. Guillen hit 20 last year, but at least he also added 42 doubles (on pace for 16 this year)...but the question is still there: Is it 1992? Twenty-some home runs does not a power hitter make.
There is a key word in the sentence above. D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E. I can't quite equate the deals, but I can equate the feeling of anxiety. The Royals have been desperate before. This trade isn't as bad or as lopsided as those deals that haunt Royal fans with the October whispers of former past glory, but the mindset is the exact same. In each instance, the Royals didn't go shopping for the best possible deal, they didn't take their time to expand the parameters to get some competition going for the player they were trying to trade, and they didn't best serve their team's needs. Right now, the Royals are not in it...as they were not in any kind of competitve mode with the other trades, save for the Saberhagan Deal. Desperate is the most definitive way to describe the Royals most recent acquisition. I guess we can all wipe our collective brows that Billy Butler is still a Royal.