Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Betemit dealt, Cabrera on deck?

As expected, Wilson Betemit has been traded. The return was what you'd expect for a seldom used utility infielder, meaning not much. I think it's apparent that KC drove down Betemit's value (which to be fair, may not have been all that much to begin with) by relegating him to pinch hitting duty. He had a 129 OPS+ as a Royal in 541 PA's, so he can obviously hit, but Moore backed himself in a corner by surrendering whatever leverage existed. The bigger news is that Mike Aviles has been called up to take Betemit's spot on the 25 man roster, this will hopefully lead to some bench time for Getz.

The players KC received from Detroit are likely just organization filler but Cruz is young enough that a future spot in the Royals bullpen isn't out of the question.

Antonio Javier Cruz - 19 years old
Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H BB SO WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 17 Tigers FRk 3 2 3.03 15 6 1 38.2 27 32 31 1.526 6.3 7.4 7.2 0.97
2010 18 3 Teams A-A--Rk 2 1 3.13 24 0 0 37.1 34 20 28 1.446 8.2 4.8 6.8 1.40
2010 18 Tigers Rk 0 0 7.20 5 0 0 5.0 5 4 3 1.800 9.0 7.2 5.4 0.75
2010 18 Connecticut A- 0 1 2.08 9 0 0 13.0 10 6 12 1.231 6.9 4.2 8.3 2.00
2010 18 West Michigan A 2 0 2.79 10 0 0 19.1 19 10 13 1.500 8.8 4.7 6.1 1.30
2011 19 West Michigan A 2 6 3.11 22 10 1 75.1 68 28 58 1.274 8.1 3.3 6.9 2.07
3 Seasons 7 9 3.09 61 16 2 151.1 129 80 117 1.381 7.7 4.8 7.0 1.46
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Julio Alberto Rodriguez - 21 years old
Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2007 17 Tigers FRk 39 149 137 17 36 9 0 0 29 6 12 .263 .297 .328
2008 18 Tigers FRk 49 184 157 21 41 11 1 0 29 14 15 .261 .348 .344
2009 19 2 Teams Rk-A+ 40 138 128 12 26 7 0 1 12 4 11 .203 .243 .281
2009 19 Tigers Rk 38 131 121 11 24 7 0 1 12 4 11 .198 .240 .281
2009 19 Lakeland A+ 2 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286
2010 20 3 Teams A--A+-A 82 322 298 28 74 14 2 3 28 12 44 .248 .285 .339
2010 20 Connecticut A- 52 205 189 19 51 10 2 1 14 10 32 .270 .317 .360
2010 20 West Michigan A 2 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .250
2010 20 Lakeland A+ 28 109 101 9 21 4 0 2 13 2 11 .208 .226 .307
2011 21 Lakeland A+ 66 246 226 20 64 11 1 1 27 10 28 .283 .325 .354
5 Seasons 276 1039 946 98 241 52 4 5 125 46 110 .255 .302 .334

The Phillies are reportedly kicking the tires on Melky Cabrera. He would bring back a far more substantial return than Betemit, given his production and contract status. Anyone acquiring Cabrera would control him through next year, so if a team believes his 2011 numbers are legit, KC could end with a nice prospect. 

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