Tag:Alex Gordon
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 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:26 pm

Angels interested in Royals' Callaspo

With the Cliff Lee blockbuster in the rearview mirror, this trade deadline is looking more and more like a bust. Most of the teams with valuable trade pieces are asking for the moon, meaning we'll get less sexy deals.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details on one of those trades in the works -- the Angels' pursuit of the Royals' Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo, 27, is hitting a respectable .276/.310/.413 with eight homers and 42 RBI in Kansas City and plays second and third base.

The Angels were looking at Adam Dunn, but their farm system is barren. The Royals turned down an offer of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (covered in Tuesday's fantasy baseball podcast ) and another "fringe prospect" for Callaspo, Saxon writes. To get a player of Dunn's ilk, the Angels would likely have to part with prized outfielder Mike Trout, and they're not going to do that.

Callaspo came through the Angels' system, but was traded to Arizona in 2006 for reliever Jason Bulger. The Royals traded pitcher Billy Buckner to Arizona for Callaspo after the 2007 season.

O'Sullivan was a third-round pick in 2005 and has made 10 starts in the big leagues. He's appeared in four games this season, pitching seven relief innings, and is scheduled to make his first start of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium. He was called up when Scott Kazmir was put on the 15-day disabled list. O'Sullivan is 5-5 with a 4.76 at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals' top third base prospect, Mike Moustakas isn't ready for the majors yet. He just recently was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, where he has just three hits in 20 at-bats in his first five games. Former third baseman of the future Alex Gordon has been moved to the outfield.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:55 am

Alex Gordon stuck in Triple-A

Alex Gordon Poor Alex Gordon.

Drafted No. 2 in the 2005 MLB draft and considered by many to be the best Royals hitter since George Brett, Gordon has instead disappointed many with his evolution into a league-average player. Except being an average player in the majors is nothing to be disappointed about.

Gordon hit .260/.351/.432 in 2008 as a 24-year-old for Kansas City, but struggled through an injury-marred 2009 season. He only got 12 games to his name in 2010 before the Royals decided enough was enough and demoted him to Triple-A.

Prior to the demotion, Gordon was hitting .194 but had seven walks to his name and no indication that his power was suffering. To no one's surprise, Gordon is laying waste to Triple-A pitchers and proving he truly belongs in the major leagues. In 38 games for Omaha, he's hitting to the tune of a .359/.486/.641 line -- as a left fielder.

That's right, the Royals decided to move Gordon to a position that commands players be big sluggers instead of keeping him where he can produce the most bang for buck.

Gordon will probably never be a George Brett clone, but at age 26 with an ability to man third base in the major leagues, he has value to any major league team. Except the Royals aren't interested.

"I don't want to bring Alex up here right now if he's not going to play," Royals manager Ned Yost told USA Today . "And we've got enough outfielders with [Rick] Ankiel coming up, and that's going to create another player to put in the mix. To me, he's better off down there playing every day until something opens up."

Unfortunately for Gordon, the organization seems sold on Chris Getz (hitting .195/.278/.207 through 98 plate appearances) at second base. Otherwise, there's a pretty obvious position available: shift Callaspo back to second and slot Gordon in at third base.

Alas, Gordon will have to content himself by playing left while he sees players like Jose Guillen and Scott Podsednik pile up the losses for KC.

-- Evan Brunell

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