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Royals release Mike Jacobs, John Bale

Dec 10, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

Prior to this morning’s Rule 5 draft the Royals cleared a pair of 40-man roster spots by releasing Mike Jacobs and John Bale.
Kansas City gave up reliever Leo Nunez to get Jacobs from Florida last offseason and then paid him $3.3 million to hit .228/.297/.401 with terrible defense in 128 games. He certainly couldn’t have been expected to perform that horribly, but Jacobs came into the trade with a .318 career on-base percentage and his bad glove shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Nunez, incidentally, had a 4.06 ERA and 26 saves in 75 games for the Marlins while making $350,000.
Dayton Moore has made plenty of questionable moves in his relatively short time as Royals general manager, but the Jacobs acquisition ranks as one of the more obvious blunders. Releasing him one season after misguidedly touting him as some sort of offensive force reinforces that, although the move is better than the alternative of actually keeping him around for another year.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Feesh fans got to watch Jacobs turn groundouts into doubles for a couple of years down here in Macondo, but we always thought he would shape up eventually. When the Feesh brought him over from the Mutts he was still a highly touted recent EYP (Exciting Young Prospect) in the Jeremy Hermida mould (mold?), oozing potential like an infected shrapnel wound. The Feesh are really big on “potential” (which I suppose is not really quite the same thing as being big on “latency;” I’ve never heard a prospect referred to as being a “latent” star). Macho neocon environment down there, and all, plus, you don’t pay for “potential” while it’s still merely…uh…latent. However it goes, neither Jacobs nor Hermida panned out, but Leo Nunez worked OK as a setup man and closer for a team whose payroll looks like it was calculated at WalMart.

  2. Ron - Dec 10, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    I might have to start believing in a higher power again. All hail the ghost of Ewing Kaufman.

  3. Eat a Peach - Dec 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    The worst thing about the Jacobs trade was that they dealt a closer-worthy inexpensive guy in Nunez, then went and got Kyle Farnsworth for 2 years, 9.25 million. No wait, the worst thing was that they spent all that money to block Kila Kaaihue, who has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues. Well, maybe the worst thing was that Mike Jacobs doesn’t even have “fall-down” range at first, since he falls so slowly and catches so badly, he has about 70% of fall-down range.
    Jacobs reminds me of another no-bat no-glove first baseman … actually there aren’t any of those, are there?

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