Friday, November 12, 2010

Royals trade Dejesus to A's

The baseball offseason is officially here, as the first "big" deal was consummated.  The Kansas City Royals sent outfielder David Dejesus to the Oakland A's, in exchange for right-hander Vin Mazzaro, and minor league lefty Justin Marks.

Dejesus had a solid 2010, hitting .318/.384/.443, but missed the last two months of the season due to a broken hand.  He was a hot commodity at the trade deadline last year, but wasn't traded due to the injury.  The Red Sox were reported to have interest, but they may look to free agency to find an outfielder.

Mazzaro, 24, had a 4.27 ERA in 122 innings for Oakland last year.  As of right now, he is likely the Royals #2 starter behind 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Grienke.  Marks, is projected as a mid-rotation starter.

Kevin Says:  Trade should work out for both teams.  Dejesus will be a great #2 hitter, he gets on base, has a little pop, and can play all three outfield positions.  $6 million is a pretty reasonable price for his skill set.

Mazzaro gives the Royals a decent arm, and will definitely be in the Royals rotation in 2011.  The move frees up $6 million, giving the Royals an opportunity to add another starter, such as Jorge De La Rosa, Kevin Correia, or Dave Bush.  

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