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Royals willing to trade David DeJesus, hoping to trade lesser veterans

Jun 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

He’s not willing to recall Alex Gordon from the minors despite the former No. 2 overall pick’s great numbers at Triple-A, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’ll be looking to trade veterans between now and the July 31 deadline.
David DeJesus figures to be the most attractive target for many teams, as the 30-year-old can play anywhere in the outfield and is currently sporting career-highs in batting average (.314), on-base percentage (.392), and slugging percentage (.479). He’s also signed for reasonable money through next season, making $4.7 million this year with a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2011.
Moore said that he expects “a busy trade market” because the Royals have “some nice pieces” to deal and “will evaluate what comes our way if anything does come our way.” However, my guess is that Moore is dramatically overestimating the market for guys like Jose Guillen, Rick Ankiel, Scott Podsednik, Willie Bloomquist, Kyle Farnsworth, and basically anyone not named DeJesus.
Kansas City might be able to unload a couple of those mediocre veterans, but they certainly won’t be getting anything resembling promising prospects in return for them and in the meantime the Royals are wasting at-bats on 30-somethings while 20-somethings like Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue crush Triple-A pitching. In the past three offseasons Moore has spent $80 million on Guillen, Ankiel, Podsednik, Farnsworth, Bloomquist, Jason Kendall, Ron Mahay, Brett Tomko, Juan Cruz, Horacio Ramirez, and John Bale. Seriously.

  1. Sheriff Blalock - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    If you go back one more year, you can add Gil Meche and $55 million to that list.

  2. Dayton Moore - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Sorry Royals fans, I’m just a nincompoop.

  3. Steve C - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Someone will probably convince DM to throw Grienke into the deal to sweeten the pot a little bit.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    It’s not that bad- I’m sure they can get $75 and a ’73 Chevy Vega for Farnsworth.

  5. ecp - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Perception nothwithstanding, Dayton Moore is generally not known for simply giving away his players for nothing, and the likelihood of him “throwing in” anybody is slim. What he IS known for is acquiring people he simply should not be acquiring. Yeah, he’s made a couple of clunker trades, but so has every other GM.

  6. Mann of Sandd - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Would love to see the Braves get DeJesus for a bullpen arm or two. With Dayton’s ties to the organization, I could see that getting done.

  7. Joey B - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    “Moore said that he expects “a busy trade market” because the Royals have “some nice pieces” to deal and “will evaluate what comes our way if anything does come our way.”
    It would of been interesting to see who he thought the nice pieces were. Using age 30 as the cutoff for those who he’d like to trade, probably only DeJesus has real value. I doubt anyone would take Kendall or Guillen if they were DFA’s, let alone trade for them. Though certainly they could eat salary and get something back. Pods might be of interest as a #4 somewhere. Maybe Farnsworth for a B/C prospect.

  8. Curious George - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Another step in the process pushing the Royals just that much closer to a World Series victory. Can you taste it?

  9. mike in MN - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Didn’t they let some ok catcher go, so they could sign a 400 year old guy? How’s that guy doing?

  10. Jimmy Gobble - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Say what you will but he managed to get salvageable talents like Josh Fields and Chris Getz for Mark Teahen.
    And in signing Podsednik, he pushed the White Sox to give up two pitchers, John Ely and Jon Link for a more expensive but less productive Juan Pierre.
    If he can con more division opponents into stupid moves, the Royals might become a contender again.

  11. Charles Gates - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    If he can con more division opponents into stupid moves, the Royals might become a contender again.
    You’ve got some fangled quasi Sun Tzu going on there; ‘the enemy of myself is my friend.’ Wait, but that means…
    So, sign under performing old dudes for above market prices, therefore blocking prospect maturation at the additional opportunity cost of players that could, you know, help the team. But if that causes the ChiSox to make a net (maybe) loss with a Podsednik/Pierre roster move, the Royals come out ahead?
    Trust the process.

  12. jake - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    call me crazy but halting kila and gordon’s service time isn’t the worst thing in the world. the royals wont be competitive for atleast 2 to 3 years. might as well as save some service time on those 2 guys

  13. JBerardi - Jun 16, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    One, it’s not good from a player development standpoint for them to be playing against inferior competition for that long; and two, they need to find out just exactly what these guys can do at the major league level (especially Kila). How can you plan to compete when you don’t know what your available resources are?

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