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Zobrist to Royals


jecho_21

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Royals paid a huge price for Zobrist.  Per HardballTalk's Aaron Gleeman: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/28/royals-make-another-big-move-get-ben-zobrist-from-as/

 

They are indeed going for it this year.  Big upgrade at 2B for KC as Infante was KC's Joyce.  That should probably be worth two to three extra wins over the rest of the season. Strong favorite to win the AL right now.

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That return is basically the equivalent of the Angels sending the A's Sean Newcomb and Nate Smith in return for a half season of Ben Zobrist. Terrible move on the Royals part, great move for the A's. Billy Beane was smart to take that.

All of the KC fans in my office agree. They think they gave up too much.

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That return is basically the equivalent of the Angels sending the A's Sean Newcomb and Nate Smith in return for a half season of Ben Zobrist.  Terrible move on the Royals part, great move for the A's.  Billy Beane was smart to take that. 

 

While I understand the Royals paid a high price...why do you feel it's necessary to completely overstate what the Royals paid?

 

Manaea was a Royals first-round draft pick in 2013 and the 23-year-old left-hander ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into the season. He’s been limited to just 32 innings due to injuries and has a history of health problems, but Manaea has top-of-the-rotation upside and 185 strikeouts in 153 pro innings.

Brooks had brief stints with the Royals in 2013 and 2014 as a reliever, but the 25-year-old right-hander has been a starter in the minors with a 3.81 ERA and 189/46 K/BB ratio in 246 total innings at Triple-A. He lacks big upside, but should find a role with the A’s soon.

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I was talking to family from the KC area last night...someone who wouldn't have given two shits about baseball in the past...he was checking his phone every few minutes to follow the KC game last night. Last year was huge for the KC market and they absolutely should be trying to capitalize on it. If their window is the next 2-3 years before some of their guys start getting too expensive, you roll the dice and try and win as much as you can. This is what all those losing seasons were about..."building for the future"...either way it's going to be torn down in a few years, so go for it while you have the chance.

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