Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Guest Article #2: Royals Trade David Dejesus

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There once was a young lad who grew up in Kansas City and wanted nothing more than a good baseball team. This fella, lets call him Zeets, saw his dreams come true the magical summer of 2003. The kid was hooked from that moment on. He can't get enough of one of the worst franchises in professional sports, the kind of dedication that you have to admire.

This is guest article number two, written by one of my friends and left completely untouched by me (first one can be found here). I always tell my friends if they write something I'll put it up. It works best on topics that I don't cover, like the terrible sport of baseball. Without further ado, here's my man's thoughts on the Royals trade of David Dejesus.

Written by Matt Zeets:


Thank God we finally got rid of David Dejesus. I was drained from watching his gold-glove caliber defense go wasted in the corners, and his hustle go wasted on such a long season and such a poor team. Sure, he was able to squeeze out a .318 average last year, but after dealing with a .289 average for his career, he owed us for all the grief. I was also sick of watching him get put in the leadoff spot simply because of his career .360 on-base percentage. Finally I was tired of his façade of being a good guy that got along with all the players and fans as well as anyone. He may have had most of Kansas City tricked, but a true Royals fan would will be happy to see #9 leaving KC for good. The only downside to this trade is that he is still in the AL and we will have to see him on occasion.

So I’m not that good of a mock-serious writer. I tried. In all seriousness though, trading David Dejesus is the right move on paper. We have had an abundance of outfielders in the past few years and as much as I hate to admit it, we need more pop at the corner outfield positions than Mr. Dejesus provides. Furthermore, with plenty of 1st and 3rd baseman coming through our system, I would not be surprised to see the Royals try out more than just Alex Gordon in the outfield. Dejesus is due $6 million this year, and will be up for free agency after that. If he had not gotten injured shortly before the trade deadline last year, he probably would have been moved then. While not a prototypical corner outfielder, Dejesus offers a balance in all areas of the game that is still valued more than the Royals can afford. As we’ve learned too many times in the past, the Royals cannot pay every player we bring up through the system. You have to pick your battles and sign the guys that you can build championship teams around like Greinke and Soria and let the well-rounded, lovable, center-fielder made corner outfielder, leadoff man that averages less than 7 steals a year go.

The Royals also got good value for Dejesus. While I stole this stat from another article, the Royals had an American League worst 4.97 ERA, so obviously they need to worry more about finding pitching wherever they can, rather than hanging onto another good, but not great, outfielder. Justin Marks, a starting pitcher in (single) A, was a third round draft pick in 2009, but has not looked that good yet. He was the throw in pickup, so if he does not ever get out of A ball, then it will not matter too much. Vin Mazzaro, a starting pitcher that has seen time in the majors both of the past two years, has not been great yet, but is projected as middle or late rotation starter. While neither player may ever turn out, they are both pitching prospects in their lower 20s, and are well worth the shot at better pitching they offer instead of the year more we would have been able to keep Dejesus, before having to give him up anyway.

While I think Dayton Moore probably made the right move for the team, I truly hate to see Dejesus go. He represents everything that is right about baseball and one of the last pieces of the 2003 team (if only 9 AB’s in 12 games) that made me love the Royals in the first place. I will miss his genuine smile. I will miss his post game ritual with Soria. I will miss his post-injury RBI tear he went on each year. I lament the fact that Dejejols will no longer make sense. David Dejesus, KC loves you and this one is to you .

Dragon Ball Zeets

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Anonymous said...

Dragon Ball Zeetz...that was fantastic! I guess what I have come to understand about sports in general is even though I may not even like the sport reading a well written humorous article about it can still make it entertaining. I hope this will not be the last guest article from you. As for Dejesus leaving (no comment) I literally was unaware he even still played for the Royals.

-Zaveous

Brock (Rickaay the Leadoff Man) said...

Zeets, you deserve a respectable smattering of golf clap applause for plastering a BASEBALL-related article on Di Shirkness' site! I appreciate the fact that you are still in that summer-under-the-lights-sunflower-seeds-and-chew mindset. I also keep up with all the offseason going-ons (of the Cards) even in this glorious season of college football & basketball. Obviously thus Shirk has the Cheeves and Husker Du's covered, but people like us have to keep the spirit of baseball alive on here. Also, we gotta get this KID to write more KU basketball so we can comment on it - that's my next guest article, let's both do one Zeeets. I actually had no idea about the Dejesus trade and am glad that I found out its relevance from a true Royales-with-Cheese fan. I gotta say man, great shout out to team DEJEJOLS at the end there, we get it and it will continue to live on. Very few will ever know the origin to that. So in conclusion, when you're not trolling under the pong table, keep writing guest articles with me on this monumental blogsite!

Brock The Leadoff Man

His Dirkness said...

Isn't it fun to pretend that people care about baseball? I'm glad you two's are able to do so, cause I'm more interested in my personal game of throwing a plastic ball against the wall and catching it. 283 consecutive last night! I do have one Royals related bit of information to share before I fall asleep on my keyboard...They were rated the #1 farm system in the MLB either this year or last year, and 13 of the past 14 teams with that honor made the playoffs in the next 4 years. Lets see....anything else baseball? I'm feelin...I'm feelin like I wanna rage......RIGHT NOW!

All kiddings aside, good stuff Zeets. You've shown the necessary potential to write on shit that nobody cares about whenever you want. Well....no NASCAR.

His Dirkness

DBZ said...

Thanks guys. I may actually attempt a baseball piece on the Royals during baseball season next time.

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