Royals Near Agreement With Paul Carlixte

Dayton Moore's second "top five" international free agent signing is likely to be Dominican shortstop Paul Carlixte, writes ESPN's Keith Law.  Law says the Royals and Carlixte are near an agreement exceeding $1MM.

Law notes irregularities found by MLB's age investigation, but his source says Carlixte is a "great-looking shortstop with soft hands and a very quick bat."


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21 Comments on "Royals Near Agreement With Paul Carlixte"


pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

sweet i have been down on DM lately but i like the fact that he is tapping into the latin american market bust or not.

pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

sweet i have been down on DM lately but i like the fact that he is tapping into the latin american market bust or not.

michaelseeley
5 years 7 months ago

Moore has done a horrible job as far as the major league team is concerned, but in the long term view of things, he has done a fantastic job. Our minor leagues are getting stocked with better talent both internationally and domestically (giving big money in the draft as well). I look forward to seeing how some of these kids do in the big leagues!

michaelseeley
5 years 7 months ago

Moore has done a horrible job as far as the major league team is concerned, but in the long term view of things, he has done a fantastic job. Our minor leagues are getting stocked with better talent both internationally and domestically (giving big money in the draft as well). I look forward to seeing how some of these kids do in the big leagues!

5 years 7 months ago

Moore does a great job through the draft and Intl. FA, its his trade valuations and free agent signings that are so troublesome. This is another good move for the Royals as they could use the influx of talent.

5 years 7 months ago

Moore does a great job through the draft and Intl. FA, its his trade valuations and free agent signings that are so troublesome. This is another good move for the Royals as they could use the influx of talent.

bannister19
5 years 7 months ago

Looking at it from an organizational point of view, Moore has done a damn good job with the Royals. Balancing a small budget, an experienced yet young MLB team, a minor league system which was dead when he took over, as well as an international system. He’s made his mistakes in every area though.Looks like a good signing along with Arguelles.
Don’t forget, Royals also signed the top two independent league prospects available.

royalrevival
5 years 7 months ago

I know the two players you are referring to, but unfortunately I believe that one of the two was already under control by the Red Sox and thus his contract never came to be.

bannister19
5 years 7 months ago

Oh yep I remember.
We signed Adam Frost but not Reynaldo Rodriguez.

Point is Dayton is doing much more than he is given credit for and his MLB signings don’t tell nearly all he does.

royalrevival
5 years 7 months ago

I agree. Dayton wasn’t going to turn this team around with free agency. But he could very well do it by building the farm ssystem and thus far it appears that he is doing an excellent job of it. Time will tell if the prospects can turn into ML regulars.

bannister19
5 years 7 months ago

And that’s what will determine the success of ”the process” as well has his and JJ’s career.

bannister19
5 years 7 months ago

Looking at it from an organizational point of view, Moore has done a damn good job with the Royals. Balancing a small budget, an experienced yet young MLB team, a minor league system which was dead when he took over, as well as an international system. He’s made his mistakes in every area though.Looks like a good signing along with Arguelles.
Don’t forget, Royals also signed the top two independent league prospects available.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Dayton, how dare you sabotage your potential victory of “The Contest”!

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Dayton, how dare you sabotage your potential victory of “The Contest”!

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Moore been my opinion very good this offseason. He used to make bonehead moves, but with all the depth moves and this guy plus Scotty pods for under 2 mil base. Nice.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Moore been my opinion very good this offseason. He used to make bonehead moves, but with all the depth moves and this guy plus Scotty pods for under 2 mil base. Nice.

5 years 7 months ago

The last article, that has now been updated, showed the top 25 international players that were available. Carlixte is nowhere on that list. So is this really a Top 5 kid? Either way, Im cool with the signing, just curious where he really ranks.

They should take a shot at Mateo and that Sanchez kid from Ven. while they’re at it.

royalrevival
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you that if Mateo’s price falls then he should be given a shot, and he could be a steal on this market. Sort of like a player falling in the ML draft due to injury concerns, much like John Lamb and Keaton Hayenga did.

Also, perhaps Carlixte wasn’t included in my list because of the age concerns and a potential suspension. But who knows.

5 years 7 months ago

The last article, that has now been updated, showed the top 25 international players that were available. Carlixte is nowhere on that list. So is this really a Top 5 kid? Either way, Im cool with the signing, just curious where he really ranks.

They should take a shot at Mateo and that Sanchez kid from Ven. while they’re at it.

5 years 7 months ago

Great pickup. SS was an area we still lacked in the minors. We have Bianchi, but after that no TRUE SS. I don’t really care if he’s on somebody’s list or not. If our scouting department sees him that way it’s good enough for me. The fact that discrepencies came out about his gae supposedly only served to allow us to get him for fair market value, $1M. All the better.
We have signed the 16 yr old Nicaragua #3B, Chesler Cuthbert, LHSP Noel Arguelles, and now Carlixte. Pretty nice haul in a 6 month period.
Add to that the fact that we drafted 1st round talents, that fell to as far as the 4th round because of money, and then got them signed. And so far they have all come through with great starts, with the exception of Hosmer who will this year.
Many don’t like the moves DM has made this offseason for the Major League team. But I’m here to tell you, the moves we made will have a big impact, when you couple it with all the players who are returning healthy. DM said the other day we don’t have any players who are limited in what they can do this offseason, and ALL should be 100% to start ST. That means Aviles could be on track to regain the SS job.

Injuries were huge last year. And we just didn’t have any depth to cover it adequately. That led to alot of subpar defense which compounded the problems. The moves DM made, account for improved health and improved play from the regulars. But mostly he has shored up the AAA options, when somebody goes down. Those moves, like Betemit, Brian Anderson, Bellorin at C, and others give us ML players who can cover an injury with limited exposure.

If you add Aviles back into the lineup, it actually looks pretty good for a regular starting 9.
LF PODSEDNIK
2B GETZ
CF DDJ
1B BUTLER
RF GUILLEN
DH CALLASPO
3B GORDON
SS AVILES
C KENDALL
BENCH: MAIER, PENA, BLOOMQUIST, FIELDS

If Getz and Gordon improve, DDJ can adjust to hitting 3rd and give us the consistently good AB’s you need from that spot, and Guillen and Aviles are healthy, then it’s a productive lineup.

Fields, Getz and Kendall are all much better acquisitions that they are being given credit for. I understand why. But I think Kendall will bring confidence to the pitchers, Getz will energize this team, and Fields will make people remember why he was gamer as a QB and baseball player. I’d give him every chance, he actually has a chance to be the best player on the team. He’s likely the RH RF that replaces Guillen next year. Those knocking his defense aren’t giving him any slack for being thrown out in LF, with no previous experience and asked to adjust in the ML’s. He has spent the offseason taking flyballs and getting more comfortable. He’s an athlete, he has the arm, he’ll make the adjustment.
Bottom line it’s not all doom and gloom for the Royals in ’10. Another 18-8 start, not followed by critical injuries, and enough ML experience to maintain the level of play in June and July could make the end of the season pretty interesting.

michaelseeley
5 years 7 months ago

Dave, thank you for not being all doom and gloom like most Royals posters on here. I don’t think everything you wrote will actually happen, but it sure would be awesome if it did!