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Thursday, November 5, 2009
More on a rumored trade


Bob Dutton on a trade that quickly turned into a trade rumor:


Sure. I just wonder if the "something" is anything worth getting.

Getz has spent the last four seasons at Double-A, Double-A, Triple-A, and in the majors. He was (in order) not good, good, good, and not good. Also, the numbers suggest that he is, like Royals incumbent Alberto Callaspo, not much of a fielder at second base. So trading for Getz might make sense only if trading Callaspo results in an upgrade at another position.

And as Dutton points out, Josh Fields simply doesn't fit anywhere. The Royals already have a young third baseman [Alex Gordon] and a young first baseman [Billy Butler], and Fields doesn't run well enough to play the outfield or hit well enough to be the designated hitter.

I can understand why the Royals would want to shed Teahen's contract; he's arbitration-eligible and figures to earn at least $5 million next season, and the Royals really can't justify spending $5 million on a player like Teahen. I can't understand why they'd want a couple of players like Getz and Fields, except that Fields does seem to have a bit of upside with the bat.

Update: Well, it's done. And the Royals even sent some money to the White Sox to help pay Teahen's salary. So the beat goes on. On and on and on ...