General Manager Dayton Moore just finished making hypothetical trade-deadline love to me, Joe Royalsfan, and apparently I’ve got all the elasticity of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, because I didn’t feel a thing.
Wait… was that it?
Are you FINISHED?
Greinke’s with the Angels.
The Yankees got Ichiro.
Ryan Dempster went to Texas.
Shane Victorino is now a Dodger.
The Royals, you ask? Well, they dealt closer Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds for minor league pitchers J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph. And that’s it.
In a baffling move—one that will surely be defended with tired clichés such as, “nobody was willing to meet our price,” and, “we’re comfortable with the move we made, and also with the moves we didn’t make”—the Royals stood pat. The arguable worst team in baseball, perennial rebuilders from one decade to the next, did nothing instead of choosing to move some of the dead weight currently sitting lamely on the sinking ship.
And hey, I’m not an idiot—I know we weren’t holding any cards that would have brought us blue-chip prospects in return—but Jeff Francoeur is blocking an EXCELLENT prospect in Wil Myers, Yuniesky Betancourt is agonizingly expendable and Jose Mijares is just a replaceable lefty out of the pen.
They all should have been moved. For peanuts and Cracker-Jacks. Or Single A pitchers with wild command issues and cloudy urine. I don’t care.
What we have instead are two pitchers who won’t exactly get your motor running.
22-year-old right-handed starter Sulbaran—who averages a strikeout per inning—was 7-7 in Double-A Pensacola this season. He brings with him a career minor league ERA of 4.68, and allows 1.5 base runners per inning. He walks too many, gives up too many homeruns and God-love-him, probably won’t ever be anything more than a number 4 or 5 starter.
Fun fact: he was Eric Hosmer’s high school teammate at American Heritage in Plantation, FL!
So wait… does Hosmer get to collect on an employee referral? Does Sulbaran have to “work” for the Royals for like, 6 months or a year before Hosmer gets the full $100? That’s how it was when I washed dishes at the Olive Garden, and none of my asshole friends stuck around long enough for me to get the full bounty. I’m gonna look into this and report back.
Joseph’s numbers are better, but he’s 24 and a reliever. The lefty strikes out over 12 batters per nine innings pitched, has a career minor league ERA of 3.50, and has 54 saves between Billings, Dayton, Lynchburg, Carolina, Pensacola and Louisville. He could theoretically step directly into a spot in the bullpen as a late innings setup guy; Manager Ned Yost has already stated that the closer’s job belongs to Greg Holland.
In the end, this was really all a non-event.
Dayton Moore played it safe and that’s a shame. Again: it’s not as though Jeff Francoeur would have netted something amazing, but unless the Royals were getting completely low-balled, I think you’re a fool not to deal him… or Yuni, or Mijares, or Bruce Chen, or really pretty much anyone.