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The Royals are shopping Gil Meche and David DeJesus

Dec 4, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Royals are open to trading Gil Meche and David DeJesus, likely waiting until most of the free agents sign, making their market out of the teams who don’t have a chair when the music stops on the Randy Wolfs and Marlon Byrds of the world.

Meche’s season ended early due to some shoulder inflammation. He was 6-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 23
starts after posting a 3.82 ERA through his first two years on his $12m/year deal, which still has two years left on it. DeJesus is useful enough, but way more so if he can play center instead of left, where he transitioned to more or less full time last year.

If I’m the Royals I hold on to Meche for a bit to see if he can rebound from an off year. If so, you have a really useful pitcher to slot in behind Greinke and/or a much more valuable trade chit come June or July.

  1. Simon DelMonte - Dec 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Apropos of nothing, I just love Gil Meche’s name. I was always disappointed his middle initial wasn’t G.
    And that was years before I ever read Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel, which features a ballplayer named Gil Gamesh.

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