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  1. Outfield – That sounds like leaving the door open for a full-time Frenchy signing.

    Comment by odbsol — November 10, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  2. If Royals fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel that their farm system provides, I would think punting a season to make sure things work out well when they get there would be the least of their problems.

    Comment by Luke in MN — November 10, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  3. I think that the Royals have basically already said they are punting, even if they haven’t said so in so many words. Dayton Moore said right after the season ended that this offseason will look like no previous one under his regime, and that priority one is to do NOTHING that will block any of their prospects with the knowledge that only a couple will arrive in 2011. To me, that’s saying “Hang on Royals fans, because 2011

    Comment by tbr — November 10, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  4. I think that the Royals have basically already said they are punting, even if they haven’t said so in so many words. Dayton Moore said right after the season ended that this offseason will look like no previous one under his regime, and that priority one is to do NOTHING that will block any of their prospects with the knowledge that only a couple will arrive in 2011. To me, that’s saying “Hang on Royals fans, because you’re going to be in for a rough ride in 2011; but we think it’ll be looking up after that.”

    Comment by tbr — November 10, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

  5. Dang double post! Sorry…

    Comment by tbr — November 10, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

  6. I think that the Royals have basically already said they are punting, even if they haven’t said so in so many words. Dayton Moore said right after the season ended that this offseason will look like no previous one under his regime, and that priority one is to do NOTHING that will block any of their prospects with the knowledge that only a couple will arrive in 2011. To me, that’s saying “Hang on Royals fans, because you’re going to be in for a rough ride in 2011; but we think it’ll be looking up after that.”

    Comment by tbr — November 10, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  7. AAAUUUUGH!!!! More posting fail! *beating head against wall*

    Comment by tbr — November 10, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  8. What kind of prospect would it take to get DeJesus? The Reds have minor league talent to spare, and David DeJesus would be a perfect fit to platoon with Jonny Gomes. Maybe Matt Maloney + Carlos Fisher for David DeJesus?

    Comment by camisadelgolf — November 10, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  9. When do you think some of these prospects start getting callups to prep them for 2012? Moustakas probably late May-early June? Hosmer in September? What about the SP’s?

    Comment by Pretty Toney — November 10, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  10. I would jump on that because Maloney would immediately become their #3 starter. There is very little discussion about their rotation in this article; none of the prospects is going to open the season in the rotation, and it’s unlikely they will rush them. Here is their rotation without Maloney:

    Grienke
    Hochevar
    Davies
    O’Sullivan
    Pucetas

    Meche will be a 7th inning guy in the last year of his deal because he can’t stay healthy anymore. This is dire. Problem is GMDM sees DeJesus as more valuable than I do (in this context). No need for Fisher because they haven ten guys nearly ready who are just like him. Maloney and some low minors piece like Cody Puckett would be a great deal for the Royals and DeJesus in a contract year and new baby might put up huge numbers there. I am not going to hold my breath, though.

    Comment by Paul — November 10, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  11. I don’t see them doing anything at all in free agency in the OF. If anything they move DeJesus and just run all the minor leaguers on the 40 man through there all season, which would include Lough, Dyson, Jordan Parraz, Derrick Robinson. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see them release one or both of Gregor Blanco or Mitch Maier during spring training. Dyson was absolutely dynamic on defense in September and he can hit for a speed guy, and if Lough goes to camp with the more professional approach at the plate that he worked on in the second half, they might just give him a job.

    Comment by Paul — November 10, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

  12. DeJesus was just traded for Vin Mazzaro & Justin Marks. A’s making big moves this offseason…

    Comment by PL — November 10, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  13. Apparently Vin Mazzaro & Justin Marks gets it done.

    Comment by PL — November 10, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  14. Indeed. Disappointing from a Reds fan perspective.

    Comment by RMR — November 10, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

  15. Beane is absurdly overrated, but this is one deal I like. Dejesus will be playing for a free agent pay day, so the As get a highly motivated player with talent.

    Mazzaro is a project with upside for a developing team. Good arm, but raw. As deal from depth to cash in on a wild card sleeper. Solid pick up.

    Comment by this guy — November 10, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  16. ….. Why? He’s a platoon guy.

    Comment by Dan — November 10, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  17. Apparently Vin Mazzaro. A much better haul than the one you outlined.

    Comment by Dan — November 10, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  18. Not to mention DeJesus will most likely be a type A, which will help the re-stock the kind of barren (for them) A’s farm system. Great move by Oakland grabbing a cheap ($6MM) but massive upgrade in LF or RF. DeJesus was headed for a 4.5+ WAR season last year before he got hurt by crashing into a wall. Sweeney and Raj Davis combined for 2.0 WAR combined, yuck.

    Now the A’s need to go get Adam Dunn or Paul Konerko and they are set for a tight division race next year.

    Comment by PL — November 10, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  19. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Red Sox go for Soria….that would certainly go a long way towards curing their bullpen woes.

    Comment by R M — November 10, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  20. I think he’s going to have a big year. Konerko won’t go to the As. I see Derrek Lee is their best bet for a power hitter.

    Comment by this guy — November 10, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  21. MLBTR has speculated Manny might be a good fit in Oakland

    Comment by James — November 10, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  22. Jack Cust was still the 4th best DH (if you only use hitting metrics) in the AL last year, and he was sent down for 6 weeks while Jake Fox was allowed to stink it up. If Cust had been there all year, the A’s would have made up a couple more games on Texas. Really sunk their year with that choice.

    Comment by PL — November 10, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  23. I was also a bit puzzled by that.

    Comment by wrinklebump — November 11, 2010 @ 4:38 am

  24. So acquiring arguably the best reliever in baseball would be a good move. Thanks for that.

    Comment by this guy — November 11, 2010 @ 8:28 am

  25. Great deal for both teams. Will be interesting to see how his power plays in Oakland. He is really looking to drive the high fastball out of the park these days and his power on that pitch is legit. I think he could have hit 25+ in good hitters park to RF.

    Mazzaro was desperately needed, and I’ve heard some good things about Marks, yet another lefthander. This deal is pretty similar to the Callaspo for O’Sullivan/Smith deal last year, except they get a little better players in return. Deals the Royals really need to be making.

    Comment by Paul — November 11, 2010 @ 9:04 am

  26. Cust got 2.4WAR over 112 games. If you assume that same pace over the 39 games Fox played, that’s only .8WAR more. Add in the 0.1 that Fox took away, you’re almost to one win improvement. While it was a suspect decision, it’s not much more than a blip, overall.

    And I can’t remember for sure, but wasn’t the decision driven by trying to save money, not as much by performance?

    Comment by AMusingFool — November 11, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  27. Why not punt 2011? We’ve punted the last 25 years!

    Comment by youth_movement — November 12, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  28. Great site, I Will come back over the next couple of weeks and see what other little gems have been added.

    Comment by solar power — September 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

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