Jason T says:
June 10, 2009 at 11:27 am
Royal fandom outrage in 3…2…1…
June 10, 2009 at 11:28 am
I see no way the Royals dump Guillen when they owe him $12m for next year. There’s going to be the hope he regains some form and he can be traded at the deadline next year.
June 10, 2009 at 11:39 am
Along the same lines as Rob mentioned, I doubt that KC can afford to dump Guillen or find a taker by trade with his monster salary, I think he plays out his contract with the Royals. If he was moved, as soon as Alex Gordon comes back all the move really opens up is a spot for Mark Teahen, who I like better as a utility depth guy.
I was hoping Dayton Moore would be able to sell Brian Sabean on Jacobs being an effective middle of the order bat and getting Jonathan Sanchez, who Sabean’s been shopping by name for just that, and I think that still has a chance of happening since Jacobs is at least better than Travis Ishikawa.
Plus, trading Jacobs opens up a spot at DH for Kila Ka’aihue, and I’ve been a full fledged member of the FREE KILA bandwagon.
Matt Harms says:
June 10, 2009 at 11:51 am
The Royals need to stop over-paying for replacement level veterans each offseason, and instead pool their money for a major pick-up or two. There’s no excuse for paying Guillen $10+ Million a year.
June 10, 2009 at 11:55 am
Kila Ka’aihue FTW.
Mark R says:
June 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Dayton Moore has a plan! I wouldn’t expect a cretin like you to understand it, but it’s good. I swear. We’ll be competitive in 2011. Really. You just don’t get it!!! Alberto Callaspo is a future star, and once Mark Teahen starts pulling balls he’ll hit 30 homers a year.
June 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Too obvious. Subtlety, man. Subtlety.
June 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm
But….but, ESPN told me that these guys were going to be the next Rays!!!
June 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Sounds like M’s fans in regards to Silva at the end of last year.
June 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm
M’s fans were openly plotting to throw Silva in Puget Sound at the end of last year.
June 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm
“You can’t rebuild with replacement level players making millions of dollars”
Except, isn’t that the Royals’ whole team philosophy. Over the last two seasons, they’ve gone out of their way to acquire replacement level players and pay them millions of dollars. The problem isn’t the present – it’s the past. If the Royals try to get better, they’ll just acquire more replacement level players. Because they don’t know how to evaluate talent.
Mark R says:
June 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm
I’d try subtlety, but there’s so much raging stupidity in comment threads that people don’t pick up on it. Those that are smart enough to get it aren’t looking for it. That’s been my experience anyway.
June 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm
Unfortunately, that idea was thwarted when folks realized that Silva in the Sound would immediately fall under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and so the next stage of the plan (involving harpoons and flensing knives) would be blocked by Greenpeace. And so he sits on the bench in Seattle, enormous and expensive and rusty, like one of those beached ships in the former Aral Sea.
June 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Forget ESPN: earlier in the year dozens of commenters right here claimed exactly the same thing.
June 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm
I love how, even with UZR somehow thinking his defense has been average this year, Mike Jacobs is still just a hair over replacement level. “but omg homers!!”
Reading the old Jacobs thread is a lot of fun. I wonder what Bob is up to today.
June 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm
I am by no means impressed with anything Leo Nunez has done for the Marlins, but I am happy to see Mike Jacobs as far away from first base as possible for my team. In addition, I’m glad to see Trey Hillman decided not to back up his words about Jacobs being “good” defensively and has mostly kept him at DH. I remember seeing something early in the year here about Hillman stating Jacobs’ error count as a reason why he was good. (sigh)
Mark R says:
June 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm
Nice work, Joser. Aral Sea and flensing knives. Warms this trivia nerd’s heart.
June 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm
The big problem is that Trey Hillman seems to suffer from Jimmy Gobble syndrome, or being unable to understand that some players are just fundamentaly better against some types of players then others.
Case in point, If Mike Jacobs was allowed to just DH and just hit againsts righties, he would be worth basically 3.9 WAR, or basically 17-19 Million.
However Trey cannot conceive of benching him against Lefties…and so his horrible ~.540 OPS against them brings Jacobs back down to replacement level.
A smart GM would probably figure someway to platoon Jacobs with someother cheap bat that mashes lefties but cant touch righties to create some sort of wierd super DH Platoon.
But yeah Jose is sunk cost…Its painful watching him play at this point.
June 11, 2009 at 10:47 am
Kaaihue has a .932 OPS with 50 BB against 44 K in Omaha. I give up trying to figure out baseball sometimes. Why on earth did they need Jacobs?
I just can’t envision how a billion dollar industry gets run by people who seem to know less than the most educated fans. It’d be like Apple computers deciding to venture into produce sales. Is any other industry this large mismanaged this much? (Wall Street jokes aside)
June 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm
He hit 32 HRs last year!!!!!!
June 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Answer: Last week Jamie Quirk said he did some scouting in Omaha. He said that Kila’s bat speed wasn’t fast enough for him to be a power hitter in the majors.
Jacobs, on the other hand, can swing a bat fast as hell.
That’s how the Royals evaluate talent. Lucky me.
June 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm
I’d love to know how you arrived at 3.9 WAR. You’re basically saying that he’s four wins below replacement against lefties.
June 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm
Yes, there is one other industry mismanaged this much.
The Education System.
June 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Have you seen the man face a lefty? He has a .562 OPS in 72 PAs. His BABIP is .310 against lefties. It could be worse. His BABIP against righties is .274.
June 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm
I forgot to mention his SLG alone against righties is .534.
June 12, 2009 at 12:08 am
3.9 WAR? As a platoon DH?
Jacobs’ career wOBA against righties is about .361. Let’s say that, since he’s only playing against righties, he is the DH in 80% of the Royals’ games and never faces a lefty. By my calculations, we’re looking at 1.5 WAR. If he plays in every single game and never faces a lefty, it’s still under 2 WAR.
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