Tag:David DeJesus
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 11:32 am
 

NL West teams interested in Royals' Podsednik


Scott Podsednik Well, the Royals have to trade someone at the deadline, don't they?

With David DeJesus on the shelf and therefore off the trading block, the Royals' are taking calls on outfielder Scott Podsednik according to multiple reports, including the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton .

The Padres, Dodgers and Giants are all interested in Podsednik, Dutton tweets. The Royals and Giants were reportedly close to pulling off a deal for DeJesus when the Royals center fielder suffered a season-ending thumb injury last week.

The Royals won't get the haul they were expecting for DeJesus that they will for Podsednik, but they will get something. Podsednik, 34, is hitting a respectable .308/.352/.400 with five home runs, 43 RBI and 30 stolen bases for the Royals this season and is signed to a reasonable contract, $1.65 million this season and a $2 million club option for 2011 with a $100,000 buyout. However, Podsednik can void the 2011 option with 525 plate appearances this season and he already has 425.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:51 pm
 

DeJesus out for year

David DeJesus Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports via Twitter that Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a complete ligament tear in his thumb Thursday night and will be out for the year after surgery.

DeJesus hurt his right thumb crashing into the fence at Yankee Stadium, trying to catch a ball hit by Derek Jeter, who ended up with an inside-the-park homer.

The team placed DeJesus on the disabled list earlier in the day and recalled Alex Gordon.

DeJesus, batting .318, was the subject of plenty of trade interest in recent weeks, but now the Royals will miss out on the bounty he might have brought. They have a $6 million club option on him for 2011.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 12:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Greinke available for right price?

Zach Greinke
It has been thought that while the Royals are having a fire sale, they still had one untouchable (reigning American League Cy Young winner Zack Greinke) and one nearly-untouchable (closer Joakim Soria).

But George King of the New York Post is hearing the Royals will listen to offers for anyone. If that's true, that would shoot Greinke to the top of many teams' deadline wish lists -- he's younger and cheaper than Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren (Greinke is signed for $13.5 million each of the next two years).

But what would the Royals want in return? That's the big question, but you've got to assume the answer is "a whole heck of a lot." Especially since that boatload of prospects they were counting on getting for David DeJesus could be out the window, depending on the seriousness of the injury he suffered Thursday night.

It's not clear how many teams have, or would be willing to part with, what it would take to get him, but if Greinke is in play it certainly changes the deadline landscape.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Royals have placed DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Alex Gordon.

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:03 pm
 

DeJesus hurt on Jeter's inside-the-parker


David DeJesus The best outfielder on the trade market, the Royals David DeJesus, may be on the shelf.

DeJesus left Thursday night's game against the Yankees with an apparent right wrist injury as he tried to track down a Derek Jeter liner at the wall.

The Royals center fielder made what appeared to be a running, leaping grab of Jeter's liner, but hit the fence and his wrist bent back and the ball dropped out of his glove. Jeter, meanwhile, raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was replaced by Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday.

The Royals have a $6 million club option for DeJesus for 2011. DeJesus is hitting .318/.384/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI. DeJesus has been mentioned as a trade target for any team needing an outfielder, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Rays.

It was the second inside-the-park homer in Jeter's career. His first, coincidentally, was in Kansas City with current Yankees manager Joe Girardi on base. It came on Aug. 2, 1996, off of Jeff Montgomery.

UPDATE: Possible good news for the Royals -- and other teams -- as YES Network is reporting DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb and will miss the rest of the series. X-rays taken at the stadium showed no fracture.

UPDATE 2: Much less sunny news from the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton, who tweets DeJesus will see a hand specialist on Friday and "might be out a while."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am
 

Angels get Royals' Callaspo


Alberto Callaspo The Angels have found a third baseman, getting Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for right-hander Sean O'Sullivan and minor league lefty Will Smith.

Callaspo, a switch-hitter, has played second and third this season, but also has logged games at shortstop and in the corner outfield spots in his big league career. He's hitting .275/.308/.410 with eight home runs and 43 RBI.

In return, the Royals get O'Sullivan, who got the win for the Angels on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, going six innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking three and striking out four. Overall, in five appearances this season, he's 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings. His previous four appearances were in relief.

Smith was demoted to Double-A Arkansas, where he's 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA. He was 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals, as they should be, are in full-out sell mode. Look for reliever Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder David DeJesus to be next out the door. before next weekend's trade deadline.

The team activated Rick Ankiel from the disabled list before Thursday's game with the Yankees and will make another move when O'Sullivan joins the team. Wilson Betemit is starting at third base in Callaspo's place in Thursday's game in New York.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Royals scouting Giants-Mets game

David DeJesus San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman tweets the Royals' top talent evaluator is at AT&T Park for tonight's Mets-Giants game.

The Giants need a bat and the Royals' David DeJesus is available, so…

DeJesus is hitting .326/.395/.450 with five home runs and 36 RBI. He would be an instant upgrade on current center fielder Aaron Rowand, who is hitting .238/.281/.400 with eight home runs and 27 RBI.

DeJesus is owed the remainder of his $4.7 million salary this season and has a team option for a very affordable $6 million for 2011 or a $500,000 buyout. That means he won't be cheap in prospects for the Giants -- or anyone else looking for an outfielder.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Scioscia against All-Stars for every team


Jose Rosado Because I grew up a Royals fan everywhere but Missouri, I've always been a fan of the rule requiring each team to have at least one representative for the All-Star Game.

Whether I lived in Cuba, Virginia, Texas, Japan or Georgia -- I was always guaranteed to see someone in a Royals uniform (usually George Brett) on TV every year. Not that the Royals of my youth needed the courtesy All-Star, they'd usually earned more than one berth in the game, but still, I knew there'd always be at least one. Sometimes that was the only time all year I'd be able to see a Royal on TV.

Now, though, I could -- if I wanted to punish myself -- watch just about every pitch of the Royals' awful season. With my MLB.tv subscription, my PS3, iPad and iPhone, I can watch those beautiful powder blue tops no matter where I go. That technology -- not to mention the advent of MLB Network, cable and satellite -- may have made the reason for the rule to have every team represented obsolete.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks the rule should no longer apply.

"I'm all in favor of having guidelines where you try and represent every team," Scioscia told reporters, including the Orange County Register . "To have a hard-line rule, I think there are exceptions where a team doesn't have anyone All-Star worthy."

Scioscia was the manager of the All-Star team in 2003, when Lance Carter of the Ryas made the team with a 4.05 ERA and six blown saves.

"It's really a misnomer to say the manager picks the All-Star team. It doesn't happen," Scioscia said. "That team, with the guidelines in place, is virtually picked before it ever gets to the [manager]."

The rule helps explain why Jose Rosado's obituary will list him as a two-time All-Star and Mark Redman has an appearance on his resume.

There are currently 13 teams with losing records, some have obvious choices (like, say, the Cubs' Marlon Byrd or the Indians' Shin-Soo Choo), while it's a little tougher to choose a worthy All-Star from a team like the 24-55 Orioles (Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott?) or the 32-49 Astros (Dan Haren and his 4.56 ERA?)

Not all bad teams are created equally. The 33-46 Mariners have three worthy All-Stars in Ichiro Suzuki (who will no doubt be voted into the starting lineup by fans), Cliff Lee (if he's still a Mariner in a week) and Felix Hernandez. Even the Royals, at 35-45, wouldn't be embarrassed by David DeJesus, Joakim Soria or even Zack Greinke, who is having a down year.

If the game is truly for the fans, why not let it represent all the fans, and not just the Yankees and Red Sox? Baseball's All-Star Game is a celebration of the game with its best players and some of its nearly-best player or best players on one team. In the end, after injuries and the new rule against pitchers who pitch on Sunday throwing again in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, is it really that terrible to have the 75th best player in the game "snubbed" for the 131st?

In the end, I think of the 11-year old me waiting for Kevin Seitzer to get in the game, even if that visual is as anachronistic as my father listening to the Kansas City A's on the radio. Maybe out there somewhere, there's a kid excited about watch Andrew McCutchen get in the game, even if it's not "fair".

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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