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The Royals continue to do smart things: Jose Guillen DFA'd

Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

Someone in Kansas City understands the concept of sunk costs and the desirability of roster flexibility: Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment.

Guillen had a fast start this year, and I understand why the Royals continued to play him even after he cooled down. Their thinking: someone, somewhere [cough!] Brian Sabean [cough!] might have gotten desperate and tried to trade for him.  But that never happened, he’s currently 0 for his last 21 and no one with their right mind is going to give the Royals anything of value for him in a waiver deal.  Expect this DFA to turn into a release within ten days.

The real beneficiary of this move — besides Royals fans who have to be tired of watching him and being reminded how much he costs — is Kila Ka’aihue. Finally called up to the Royals, he can now expect regular playing time at 1B with Billy Butler playing DH (or vice-versa) and the Royals can finally see what they have in him.

There’s a ton of talent on the Royals farm. In the past week they have unloaded Rick Ankiel, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Guillen.  There is hope in Kansas City, my friends. There is hope.

  1. geoknows - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Don’t forget that they unloaded the immortal Scott Podsednik too.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Put this guy in a solid, talented clubhouse, and he could thrive as a guy who takes over for an injured player…and a very solid bat off the bench and as the DH in games 3,4,5 of the World Series…put him on the Phillies.

  3. Trevor B - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    We’re not in Kansas anymore Craig… except in this case we actually are… but the Royals… ah hell you know what I mean.

  4. kcfan - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    This post just made my day.. I have loved the moves Dayton Moore has made the past couple of weeks, getting rid of the older guys that were taking playing time away from the future of the royals.. Hopefully Kila can perform like he was here in omaha.. Now they need to do something with Yunieski Betancourt soon so Aviles can get more PT

  5. JimmyY - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    And, as always, here’s hoping the Braves pick him up, since of course, this is a Braves website and they seem to pick up the Royals castoffs. HAH!

  6. randall351 - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    The greatest move by Dayton Moore Evar!! Kick these old guys to the curb.
    Maybe DM’s been reading a little hardballtalk? You’re right, probably not.

  7. JBerardi - Aug 5, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Somewhere, Joe Posnanski sheds a tear of joy…

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