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Mike Moustakas could be demoted on Tuesday

May 11, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas sat on the bench in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Mariners. He watched as his team scored nine runs without him. His replacement, Danny Valencia, went 2-for-4 out of the cleanup spot.

That could become a more frequent occurrence. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will decide on Tuesday if they will demote Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha. It’s one of several scenarios in which the club would get another reliever onto the roster.

Moustakas, 25, was once a can’t-miss prospect taken in the first round (second overall) in the 2007 draft — immediately after the Rays selected David Price — but this is now his fourth season without any progress made at the plate. He sits with a .147/.215/.321 slash line and has very little projectability left. In fact, Moustakas could be a change-of-scenery candidate as he becomes eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season and will become progressively more expensive through the 2017 season before he is eligible for free agency.

  1. vols84 - May 12, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    They sent Gordon down a few times before it clicked for him. It’s amazing they have let him try to work it out for 2 years without a trip to Omaha. But then again, it’s the Royals.

  2. yahmule - May 12, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    This was such a long time coming. Very curious franchise.

  3. esracerx46 - May 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Was rushed to the bigs and both parties are dealing with the effects. I feel sorry for Moustakas. The party that should have been more responsible wasn’t, the Royals can move on, Moustakas can’t. Hopefully the damage can be undone.

    • sportsdrenched - May 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      He was not “rushed” to the majors. if anything Dayton Moore is maddeningly slow to bring prospects up….he just doesn’t seem to want to send them back if they have trouble.

      Gordon, Greinke, Butler, others were sent back to Omaha after struggling in the majors, all under Allard Baird. They went down, progressed and now they are fine. But for some reason this organization is too proud/stubborn to d that with Moustakas.

      This demotion, if it happens, is only 2 years over due.

      • geoknows - May 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Gordon, Greinke, and Butler all were sent back down to the minors AFTER Dayton Moore took over the team in 2007 – Gordon in 2009 and 2010, Butler in 2008, and Greinke in 2007 (althought the reasons for him going to the minors had nothing to do with ineffectiveness) – not under Allard Baird.

  4. jimmythesmith - May 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    his defense has been decent but they need consistency,

  5. jwbiii - May 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    I’m sorry things aren’t working out for him or the Royals. Love his name. Sounds like a wonderful dish: meat from our neighbors to the north, preparation from our neighbors to the south.

  6. hittfamily - May 12, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    This is the Royals. They offered arbitration to Hochevar 2 years ago, after 4 disastrous seasons when most expected him to be a free agent, and he got 5 mil. Last year was his first relevant year, albeit as a reliever. There is no way they decline arbitration on Moustakas, even though they should. He should have been in AAA this time last year though.

    The AL east is looking kind of down this year. The team I thought would win, the Rays, stink. There are likely 2 wildcard spots to be won. Davis is a capable closer, so if I’m running the team, I’m seeing who needs Holland. There aren’t any good 3rd baseman that will be on the market though, so they may need to look to upgrade elsewhere.

    It’s really a shame that their biggest holes are 3rd and DH. Butler makes the most money on the team, so he won’t be benched or traded. And unless Plouffe or Casey Mcgee are considered upgrades, the third base market is empty.

    • bkool37 - May 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Valencia and Johnny G are fine for 3B once Infante is back which I suspect will happen on Tuesday. Billy has a small buyout at the end of the season if he isn’t getting it done. The real long term question is Aoki. He can’t hit for power and can’t play CF. Can you really afford to sacrifice a power position to have him bat leadoff? Maxwell or Mike could play there instead. If Escobar could continue to prove his worth maybe he could bat leadoff or put Gordon back there.

  7. sergioxjacques - May 12, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Pull-happy lefty third baseman who could use a new home…… Yankees. Now if only they had anything to offer in return

  8. tccoats - May 12, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    you gotta love baseball and the arbitration process…the guy sucks yet he will become “progessively more expensive” as he hits arbitration…

  9. bkool37 - May 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I think this makes sense. They had Johnny play some 3B in the minors. The problem is at the big leagues Mike can’t get any playing time against lefties. In triple A they could give him that. I really think he fits better as a right fielder like they moved Gordon to the OF, but with Aoki for now that doesn’t fit.

  10. toledotigerfan - May 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Generally speaking, guys batting .147 don’t become more expensive. What’s his agent going to say in negotiations? Hey, at least he’s not batting .123?

  11. sjs86 - May 12, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Move Donald up. He proved himself during spring training and has played & can play practically every position. I understand he’s not on the 40 man roster, but in baseball terms, the amount of money they would have to pay him is pennies. They traded for him, give him a chance!

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