May 13, 2015, 1:15 PM EDT
A look at which teams are getting the most, and least, from each spot in the lineup.
May 7, 2015, 8:55 AM EDT
The Mariners, many people’s preseason favorites, fall into last place
Apr 4, 2015, 10:39 AM EDT
Giavotella owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line in the majors, but he’ll be tasked with replacing Howie Kendrick at second base.
Mar 27, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT
Howie Kendrick’s replacement.
Mar 18, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
With Trout, all things are possible.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT
Howie Kendrick’s replacement?
Dec 18, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT
Giavotella is a career .315 hitter with an .835 OPS and as many walks as strikeouts in nearly 2,000 plate appearances at Triple-A.
Aug 1, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT
But, don’t worry, it’s just for Chris Getz. The major criticism with the Royals’ decision to buy and not sell at the trade deadline was that they did nothing to address the black hole in their lineup at second base. Now they’ll be forced to try something a little different after Getz suffered a sprained…
Mar 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? For a while the Royals were a…
Mar 8, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT
Pete Grathoff’s article in the Kansas City Star is mostly about how the Royals are giving infielders Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella some reps in the outfield to increase their versatility, but buried within that is this little tidbit and quote from manager Ned Yost: This was going to happen earlier, but the Royals were…
Nov 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT
Kansas City has avoided arbitration with Chris Getz, signing the infielder to a one-year contract. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Getz will get $1.05 million, plus $150,000 in potential incentives. He made $967,500 this year while hitting .275 with zero homers and a .672 OPS in 64 games, missing the final…
Sep 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT
Orioles 4, Blues Jays 0; Rays 4, Yankees 3: As mentioned yesterday, this combo brings the Yankees lead over the O’s down to one game in the AL East, with the Rays only two and a half back themselves. I don’t suppose we’re so lucky to have a Yankees collapse come a year after the…
Jun 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT
Chris Getz returned from the disabled list last night and the Royals will also activate Jonathan Sanchez to make tonight’s start versus the Brewers. Sanchez has been out since May 9 with biceps tendonitis and had a 6.75 ERA in six starts before being shut down. He also gave up 10 runs in 13 innings…
Jun 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT
Kansas City activated Yuniesky Betancourt from the disabled list and he’s starting at second base tonight against the A’s. Not only that, he’s batting second in the lineup. Because why wouldn’t you want a swing-at-everything hitter with a .293 career on-base percentage setting the table, right? Or something. Betancourt has been out since May 1…
May 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT
Chris Getz aggravated his rib cage injury yesterday, so the Royals have placed the second baseman on the disabled list while calling up left-hander Will Smith from Triple-A to fill a long relief role. Getz’s injury seemingly opens the door for the Royals to actually give 24-year-old prospect Johnny Giavotella regular action at second base,…
Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…
Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT
24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…
Jan 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT
Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and recently had a checkup with the doctor who performed the operation, telling Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he “will definitely be 100 percent by spring training.” Giavotella has already started to “run, hit, and throw” so his focus now is on adding…
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- Jonathan Lucroy expected to rejoin the Brewers on Monday 0
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- Ruben Amaro dismisses fans who “bitch and complain” about the Phillies’ moves 70
- And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights 68
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