James Shields/Wil Myers Trade Tree

The Royals and Rays made a big trade Sunday night. Both teams are trying to win now – The Royals by rebuilding their rotation with James Shields and Wade Davis and the Rays by reloading with young, cheap talent.

You see something interesting when you follow this tree from start to finish for the Royals. Effectively they have used six draft picks, four since 2008, and turned those into four players who are slated to start for the team this season. Along the way they got a few good years from Mike MacDougal and a few excellent years from Zack Greinke. Who knows what Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi will turn into with the Rays, but in a vacuum I think most teams would take that kind of return on their draft.

James Shields Royals

 

Coming soon: the Cleveland/Cincinnati/Arizona three way trade tree.

Trade Tree: Jeremy Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie just signed a three year, $25M deal with the Royals. MLBTradeRumors had predicted he would sign with the Pirates so that’s more than enough for me to consider this as semi-relevant. (Guthrie was also Pittsburgh’s third round draft pick in 2001 but did not sign.) Knowing the Pirates’ desire to improve the depth of the starting rotation, it’s likely they considered Guthrie as a possibility.

But that’s neither here nor there now that Jeremy has chosen to stay in Kansas City. How did the Royals get him?

He struggled hard in the thin air of Colorado — certainly not the first or last pitcher to do so. In KC, Guthrie turned back into exactly what was expected – a league average pitcher who can take his turn every time up. How did the Rockies get him?

Colorado traded the talented but inconsistent Jason Hammel, thinking they were getting the Guthrie that eventually showed up in Kansas City. Hammel had a breakout year for the upstart Orioles, becoming the pitcher the Rockies thought they were getting from the Rays at the start of the 2009 season. Man, it’s tough being a pitcher in Denver.

Just to complete the tale, how did the Orioles get him?

So that’s the story of Jeremy Guthrie: a consistently average pitcher twice traded by teams looking for a younger pitcher with a little more upside.

Royals Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 4-2 Win vs Kansas City. Bedard rolls through 7. Box score.
Saturday: 5-3 Win vs Kansas City. In the big inning, Bucs score 5. Box score.
Sunday: 3-2 Win vs Kansas City. McCutchen, Burnett lead the way. Box score.

Season Record: 32-27, 1st place tie in NL Central, 0.0 games ahead

Notes: Sweep! Detroit helps out, taking two from Cincy and putting the Pirates are in a first place tie. Andrew McCutchen had a big day Sunday, but the rest of the offense was spread out over the weekend and over the whole team. James McDonald struggled for the first time in over a month. Jose Tabata needs to be stopped from running. If he’s hurt, put him on the DL.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh   AB    R    H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
Presley, LF 13 1 3 1 0 1 1 0.231 0.231
Walker, 2B 11 2 4 2 1 5 2 0.364 0.417
Barajas, C 10 2 3 0 1 4 2 0.300 0.364
McCutchen, A, CF 10 1 2 3 2 3 5 0.200 0.333
Barmes, SS 10 2 2 2 0 1 5 0.200 0.200
Tabata, RF 8 1 2 0 0 1 5 0.250 0.333
Jones, G, PH-RF-1B 7 0 2 2 0 0 5 0.286 0.286
McGehee, 3B, 1B 5 0 2 0 0 1 3 0.400 0.400
Alvarez, 3B 5 2 1 0 3 1 5 0.200 0.500
Hague, PH-1B 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 0.000 0.200
Harrison, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Mercer, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0      —- 1.000
  Totals 91 12 21 10 9 22 41 0.231 0.307

Batting
Doubles (4): Jones (8), Alvarez (10), McGehee (6), McCutchen (10)
Home Runs (1): McCutchen (11)

BaseRunning
SB: Walker 2 (5), Presley 3 (6), McCutchen (11)
CS: Tabata 2 (7), Mercer (1)
PO: Tabata

Fielding
Errors: Resop (2)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Hague)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H    R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA   WHIP
Burnett, AJ (W, 6-2) 7.3 5 2 2 2 6 0 2.45 0.95
Bedard (W, 4-6) 7.0 5 2 2 3 5 0 2.57 1.14
McDonald, J 4.0 5 3 3 2 2 1 6.75 1.75
Hughes, J (W, 2-0) 2.3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.43
Grilli (H, 15) (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00 1.00
Hanrahan (S, 16, 17) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Resop 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3.00
Slaten (H, 2) 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Cruz, J (H, 11) 0.3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 3.00
Watson (H, 6) 0.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 3.00
  Totals 27.0 20 7 7 10 20 1 2.33 1.11

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Series Preview: The Royals

Current record: 29-27, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.0 games back

Up Next: Kansas City Royals, 24-31, 4th place in AL Central, 7.0 games back

Season Series: 0-0, First time playing.

Notes: Interleague play is back for the next 15 games. For the Royals tonight, that means they lose the DH and their defense gets shifted around to keep their best hitters in the lineup. DH Billy Butler goes to first, 1B Eric Hosmer goes to RF, and RF Jeff Francoeur moves to CF. The Pirates have been playing well and should have no trouble with the weak Royals pitching.

Familiar Faces: Surpisingly, none.

Probable Pitchers
Friday: RH Luke Hochevar (3-6, 57.0 IP, 46 K, 6.63 ERA, 1.54 WHIP)
vs. LH Erik Bedard (3-6, 55.2 IP, 56 K, 3.72 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Saturday: LH Vin Mazzaro (2-0, 12.0 IP, 5 K, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (5-2, 71.1 IP, 71 K, 2.14 ERA, 0.95 WHIP)

Sunday: LH Bruce Chen (5-5, 70.0 IP, 48 K, 4.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)
vs. RH A.J. Burnett (5-2, 55.0 IP, 50 K, 3.76 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Yuniesky Betancourt 2B
Billy Butler 1B
Mike Moustakas 3B
Jeff Francoeur CF
Eric Hosmer RF
Alcides Escobar SS
Humberto Quintero C
Luke Hochevar P

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Jose Tabata RF
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
Erik Bedard P

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