Thursday, July 29, 2010

Podsednik gone

I'll say this for Dayton Moore, if the whole point of signing Scott Podsednik was to hope for a good first half and then trade him then the signing was a success but that doesn't seem to be the case (see quote below). Pods hit .309/.352/.400 as a Royal with 30 stolen bases, which is decent if you ignore the caught stealings and his adventures in left field. Originally I thought this trade was a good sign that Dayton Moore was going to view the final two months of 2010 as sort of a 2011 rough draft. Then I read a comment that totally blew that thinking out of the water:

“Without the assurance that we were going to be able to sign him long-term going forward,” general manager Dayton Moore said, “we just felt it was the right time to move Scotty if indeed we got a deal that we desired.”

Am I mistaken in thinking that Moore made the right move for the wrong reasons? The top reason to trade him is because he's 34 and his value will never be this high again, signing him to a long term deal should never have even been considered. And maybe it wasn't, maybe that's just something you say to appease the part of the fan base that objects to trading .300 hitters regardless of their age or skill set. I think getting something/anything out of Podsednik is a hundred times preferable to signing him long term.

The minor leaguers KC got from LA, Lucas May and Elisaul Pimentel, may or may not pan out. Any contributions they make in KC will probably be as a backup catcher and middle reliever. Of course this should also mean that Royally Speaking favorite Alex Gordon plays everyday for the remainder of the season. And that is something that needed to happen anyway.

10 comments:

Kyle said...

I am not looking forward to Alex Gordon playing outfield everyday. So far in the few games he has played, he looks completely lost out there. It is too early to tell if the stick will finally show up, but he will never be a league avg Left Fielder

Michael said...

Gordon looks a smidgen better than Butler did a couple of years ago. I remember a few games with Butler in left field... wow, I mean: WOW. It was like Guillen with a foot cut off.

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Jeff Parker said...

I would think a former third baseman would take to left field better than right. Pods wasn't exactly a gold glover out there.

Daniel Wesley said...

I think you're reading a bit too much into Dayton's quote. No GM is going to admit, "We signed this guy so we could trade him at the deadline."

He's simply quoting the standard line about wanting to sign the guy long term when I don't think that was his real motive. It's all a part of the delicate interaction between the front office and the MLBPA.

Blake said...

Gordon needs more time in left field, he's only played 1 game there since he came back, 3 in right and 1 DH. Hopefully now he gets everyday at bats in left. I'm hopeful that Maier gets his playing time back. What shouldn't happen is Willie getting regular playing time, but that's exactly what will happen.

Jeff Parker said...

And I kind of hinted at that. I'd give him the benefit the doubt but really, would anybody have been surprised if he had signed Pods to a 3 year extension?

Jeff Parker said...

Blake - that scares me. I can totally see Kila and Maier riding the bench while Bloomquist plays right and Guillen DH's. It just seems so Yost.

Blake said...

Yeah, I hope they bring Kila up. I'd rather have Guillen playing regularly in right so Kila could DH/1B if that's what it would take. Unless they trade Guillen, then I think they'll have to bring up Kila and there's no way he could ride the bench.

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