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Reds acquire Willie Bloomquist from Royals, leaving a utility man-sized hole in Dayton Moore's heart

Sep 13, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

He won’t be eligible for the playoffs and will be a free agent in three weeks, but the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing to bring in a utility man for the final 20 games, but I’m sort of shocked that Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore would let him go. Presumably he plans to re-sign Bloomquist this offseason, but I worry about Moore’s ability to live without him for even a few weeks.
Bloomquist has tons of defensive versatility and good speed, but he’s hitting his usual .265/.296/.388 in 181 plate appearances while everyone with the Royals and far too many people in the local media act as if he’s actually a good player.
Among all active players with at least 2,000 career plate appearances Bloomquist has the seventh-lowest OPS, ahead of only Juan Castro, Cesar Izturis, Adam Everett, Nick Punto, Willy Taveras, and Alex Cora.

  1. anson2995 - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    “Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing…” except they have to drop someone from the 40-man to make room for him.

  2. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Basicallly, they got him to allow them to rest guys down the stretch. Hey, why not. Good move if they got him on the cheap.

  3. CM_Wang - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Cheer up, Dayton. You’ll always have Yuni.

  4. Wings - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    OPS be danged, you put those guys seven guys on the field at the same time and that team will win at least 85 games on pure hustle alone.

  5. geoknows - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Why the dig? I know this will shock you, but Bloomquist does not fit into the Royals’ future plans. Moore was trying to unload him at the deadline.

  6. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I’ve always wondered why more contending teams don’t make post deadline trades like this. Grabbing a few guys from teams wanting salary relief lets you spell your starters more down the stretch. Who cares if you can use them in the playoffs, would the Reds rather Bloomquist in the playoffs, or a fresh Brandon Phillips? And if there is an injury it opens the door.

  7. doctorfunke - Sep 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Very true, but you’d probably get some broken fingers from headfirst slides, necessitating even more utility guys with hustle which would mean more brok…..

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