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Royals Hunting For A Shortstop

How bad was Angel Berroa's .592 OPS in 474 ABs last year?  Was it among the worst ever for a shortstop with 450 ABs?  Nah.  Hal Lanier is the record holder - he hit .206/.222/.239 (.461 OPS) in 1968.  He must've been a stud with the glove. 

Since 2000, Berroa's season was the third worst for a shortstop.  Only Neifi Perez and Cristian Guzman topped his futility and kept their jobs all year.  There were a lot of really poor-hitting full-time shortstops last year - Berroa, Clint Barmes, Ronny Cedeno, Adam Everett.  Only Everett is keeping his job.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals are not happy with internal shortstop options Berroa and Alex Gonzalez, and have a list of 20 or more trade candidates.  Dutton names Barmes, and John McDonald as two likely possibilities, with Erick Aybar or Brandon Wood as longshots.  Personally I think there's a snowball's chance in hell of the Angels trading Wood to the Royals.

Josh Wilson is probably on the list, and Yunel Escobar might be too.  Sean Rodriguez is another option.  If the Royals wanted to up the ante, Orlando Cabrera or Jack Wilson could be available.

Berroa's contract exists as proof that locking up young players long-term for cost certainty does not always work out. In the spring following his 2003 Rookie of the Year season, he received a four-year, $11MM deal.

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Well, Dayton Moore knows the Braves minor league system pretty well, so he's probably got a good idea of what he'd be getting with Escobar. If they just want a glove (seems unlikely), it's possible that the Royals might wait and see if the Braves release Tony Pena, Jr.

I agree wholeheartedly about dayton moore's familiarity with the braves could lead to one of our young middle infield pieces being an attractive piece, although I dont know what we would get in return. My suggestion is for the royals is to go young, see if you can get a franchise shortstop through a trade, as they have nothing to lose with trying to develop players at the major league level.

If I were Pat Gillick, I'd be calling with Abraham Nunez for Reggie Sanders, with the Phils and Royals splitting the difference in the two salaries evenly. The Royals would love to be rid of Sanders, the Phils could use him especially if they're going to deal Rowand, and the Phils have Danny Sandoval to fill Nunez's role more cheaply. Greg Dobbs can also fill in at 2B or 3B if there's a need for a longer-term replacement in case of injury to Utley or Helms.

I wonder why they gave up Donnie Murphy on the cheap earlier this year...?

The Royals would have to be out of their minds to take Barmes unless the Rockies were going to take on half of Berroa's salary. Then you cut Barmes and move on.

As for Nunez-Sanders there is no upside to the Royals. They would be better off if the Phils just took Sanders and we paid half his salary.

si.com made a good point in calling for Teahan to move to SS instead of OF where they are already crowded. There is a lot of young talent on this team right now. between Teahan, gordon, shealy, and sweeney, they are gonna score a lotta runs

How about DeJesus for Erick Aybar? Seems to make some sense.

Kidding right? Trade a CF who's entering his prime with a favorable contract...for an prospect (albeit a good one). Can't say I see the R's going with Joey Gathright in CF, but it's possible Mark Teahen starts in CF (and yes it's been talked about).

DeJesus for Aybar + a pitching spect might make sense, depending on who the spect is, and if their seriously committed to Teahen in CF.

I think they should go after Sean Rodriguez...I really don't think it would take much to get him with their infield set for the future.

Teahen is not a CF or SS.

Evan though he's played CF for a week straight now...and the manager said he's start in CF in DeJesus can't get over his virus in time to start the season...

If I were the Royals I'd hop right on a DeJesus for Aybar deal if the Angels would do it. Not sure why they would though.

does anybody think the angels would bite on a deal involving mike sweeney for aybar? the royals would obviously need to sweeten the deal, but that would allow them to let butler dh. this is just speculation on my part

I wouldn't want to see him there on a daily basis. But it's not like the Royals have anything to lose. Cram as many decent bats in there as you can get. May as well get Butler in LF, Gordon at 3b, Teahen in center, and Huber catching and get more bats for DH and 1b.

Maybe the Royals could give the Cubs something they need in return for Ron Cedeno.

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