Saturday, June 23, 2012
Buy Or Sell
I think last night's loss may have tempered the enthusiasm of fans who thought the Royals were a starting pitcher or two away from winning the division. There was a lot of talk on twitter after the Astros series that Dayton Moore needed to be aggressive before the trade deadline because the team was just 4.5 games out of first place. I'm not sure that would be in the team's best long term or short term interest.
While the 25 man roster is lacking in areas you have to remember that Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi will be up soon. Salvador Perez came back last night and homered in his season debut. (I recently found out Perez is overrated, I had no idea. Thank you internet.) That's three players that should make the team better. Three players that will not cost a Mike Montgomery, Cheslor Cuthbert or Christian Colon.
It hurt losing Felipe Paulino for the season so I'm all for Moore acquiring a starting pitcher, that is, if he can find a team willing to take on Jeff Francoeur's contract or overpay for Jonathan Broxton. Those two might be the only available players (if Francoeur is indeed available) that will draw any interest. Losing them wouldn't cripple the team going forward as Frenchy would be immediately replaced by Myers, and Johnny Drama (not sure who coined that nickname but well done) may have a sparkly ERA, but he's actually the fifth best reliever on the roster.
Buy or sell, I expect the trade season will pass through KC quietly. I wouldn't be shocked if a National League team came calling for Luke Hochevar. The frustrating one put up a 3.00 ERA in 21 inter-league innings this year so maybe there's a GM somewhere willing to gamble that Hoch has figured it out. I was one of the few in 2006 that wanted KC to take him first overall, and probably the only one to admit it now (go ahead and laugh but I recall some of you wanted Greg Reynolds. You know who you are.), but I jumped off the bandwagon last year and haven't climbed back on. I was optimistic that his second half performance was a career changer but I'm not shocked at all that he reverted back to his inconsistent ways.
I'm okay with Hochevar staying too but I think this is who he is and he's not going to ever justify his draft status. One member of the rotation I do want to see gone, via trade or outright release, is Jonathan Sanchez. The guy has been a complete joke this year (71 ERA+, 1.81 WHIP, 6.9 BB/9). At this point I'd rather see what Montgomery can do at the big league level. If I'm going to be forced to watch a wild lefty I'd rather it be the 22 year old with upside.