General Manager Dayton Moore has said many times that the team will be very aggressive in the off-season following the 2012 season. But will the fans see any “aggressive” moves? I’m not so sure. Before the Wednesday trade deadline, Moore had plenty of chances to get a decent to good starting pitcher and he didn’t. He also stated that if any trades were made, they were going to be for “Major League ready talent”.
The Royals did strike one deal sending right-handed closer Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds but in return for 2 minor league pitchers.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think this was a good deal considering the Reds will only have Broxton (23 saves with Royals) for 2 months then, unless a deal is made, he will be a free-agent.
So it’s good to get at least something in return.
The two prospects we received, J.C. Sulbaran (Former High-School teammate of Hosmer) and Donnie Joseph, were ranked among the top 30 Reds prospects.
Shifting back to the majors, there is a chance we could see the Royals trade OF Jeff Francoeur this August in order to make room for No. 2 prospect Wil Myers. Francoeur should clear waivers no problem, it’s just a matter of if any team would be willing to take the chance of getting him.
This season Francoeur is posting a .238/.275/.366 line with 9HR and a measly 30RBI.
If in fact a trade does occur and Wil Myers finally debuts in KC in an actual Royals uniform, then the only other prospects in (AAA) Omaha fans would be raving about will be RHP Jake Odorizzi and 2B Johnny Giavotella. Giavotella has been a surprise lately posting a line of .332/.420/.502 with 10HR. Granted his offense was never questioned coming into the year, it was his defense that needed improvement.
In his 75 games with the Omaha Storm Chasers, Johnny Giavotella has only committed 5 errors.
Other than 2B, the Royals are just about set at every position, in my opinion I think you give Gio another shot at the everyday job. I think you might be able to get something good out of Chris Getz considering how much his offense has improved since last year, and I’m sure a team would cash in on Yuni to be a backup utility guy for them.
Whether or not Dayton Moore keeps his word and is aggressive this off season is just something we’ll have to wait to see, I just wouldn’t get your hopes up too much.