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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Royals get outfielder Aoki from Brewers for Will Smith

Dayton just don’t understand.

Aoki, 31, is a left-handed hitter who spent the last two years with the Brewers after eight seasons at Yakult in Japan’s Central League. He batted .286 last season with a .356 on-base percentage in 155 games.

Smith, 24, blossomed last season after shifting to the bullpen and emerged in the closing weeks as one of the club’s primary setup relievers for All-Star closer Greg Holland.

Aoki spent most of the last two seasons as the Brewers’ leadoff hitter and appears likely to fill that role for the Royals, who could then shift Alex Gordon to a lower spot in the lineup.

The trade isn’t expected to affect the Royals’ pursuit of Beltran.

Aoki is under contract next season for $1.95 million. He ranked second in the majors last season with 40 infield hits and led the National League with 140 singles while striking out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 12:32 PM | 59 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4611201)
Aoki...the new Betancourt.
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4611204)
Aoki is a far better player than Betancourt.
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4611207)
I'm guessing #1 is related to the changing addresses, MKE to KC, which means we can expect to see Aoki back in MKE?
Brewers and Royals seem to have done a lot of trades with one another over the past several years.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:20 PM (#4611210)
Brewers and Royals seem to have done a lot of trades with one another over the past several years.


The only one I can think of is the Greinke deal. Betancourt was a free agent acquisition to Milwaukee, and when he returned to KC.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4611218)
Party in the city where the beer flows free
All night on the banks of the Menomonee
Welcome to Milwaukee
Bienvenido a Milwaukee

The only one I can think of is the Greinke deal.


Good heavens! How could you forget Curt Leskanic?
   6. zonk Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4611222)
Nice move for the Royals and Dayton...

Aoki is very underrated and a nice pickup for a KC team that fancies itself a contender... someone must have told Dayton about Aoki "Him? No, he HATES getting on base... just like Frenchy!"

Smith is still rather young and has upside, I suppose - maybe they try him back in the rotation - but I'd hate to think the best you can do for Aoki is a LOOGY setup guy.
   7. formerly dp Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4611228)
Another fun trade. This offseason just keeps on giving.

Edit: Smith put up good K:BB numbers in the PCL. This isn't a rip-off on KC's part by any means.

Of course, if they had Myers still, this deal would have been unnecessary.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4611230)
Interestingly, Dexter Fowler was just traded, and he's a similar-ish player in what he can do, and while you get 2 years of him compared to 1 of Aoki, he's almost four times more expensive, and the Astros gave up much more in return. That set the market, and yet it seems like the Brewers got very little in comparison for a better player IMO.
   9. zonk Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4611235)
Interestingly, Dexter Fowler was just traded, and he's a similar-ish player in what he can do, and while you get 2 years of him compared to 1 of Aoki, he's almost four times more expensive, and the Astros gave up much more in return. That set the market, and yet it seems like the Brewers got very little in comparison for a better player IMO.


Not that I don't disagree that that is a rather interesting comparison... but Fowler is 27 and can switch hit while Aoki is 31 and bats straight lefty.... No matter how much of it is faulty thinking, I do wonder if there isn't a little thinking that Fowler still has upside.
   10. JoeHova Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4611241)
This seems like a bad deal for Milwaukee. Aoki has been good since the Brewers signed him and this return doesn't seem like much. Aoki was probably not the most in demand player but why not just keep him if they best they could get is a pedestrian reliever? Then again, the Brewers have had good luck getting fluke seasons out of random closers lately, so maybe Smith gets moved into that role at some point, has a big year or two, and is then traded.
   11. Dale Sams Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4611244)
"See, the problem with you Brewers is...I make this look good."
   12. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4611256)
A's seemed to have given up a lot more for Craig Gentry than either of these guys netted, but of course he's for 3 years.
   13. zonk Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4611259)
A's seemed to have given up a lot more for Craig Gentry than either of these guys netted, but of course he's for 3 years.


Actually, very much this.

Choice + Bostick for Aoki seems like a lot better deal than for Gentry.

Heh... so... if we rank Oakland, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and Texas -- does that mean in order from smartest to dumbest GMs:

Kansas City
Texas
Milwaukee
Oakland
   14. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4611262)
Not that I don't disagree that that is a rather interesting comparison... but Fowler is 27 and can switch hit while Aoki is 31 and bats straight lefty....


Not to mention the fact that Fowler is a CF and Aoki a RF. Their offensive profiles are similar, but I don't see anything else that makes Aoki the better player, as Royals Retro asserted.
   15. Dale Sams Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4611263)
Are the A's paying the full salary for Johnson? Give Billy Beane 20 million more to work with and he spends half on a shaky closer?
   16. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4611264)
Actually, very much this.

Choice + Bostick for Aoki seems like a lot better deal than for Gentry.


Can Aoki play any CF at all? UZR and DRS seem to think he's decent in RF, but I haven't seen much of him - if he can't I like the fit of Gentry to the A's a lot more. Plus those extra years of control certainly add some value.
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4611265)
File Aoki under "Pretty Good Players Voxter Somehow Had Never Heard Of". Guy's not young anymore, but he's practically free, has decent on base skills, and can even stand around in CF if you need him to. This seems like a good deal for the Royals to me.
   18. zonk Posted: December 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4611267)
I was under the impression that Aoki could play a fine CF -- but with Gomez around, who's an excellent defensive CF, there's no need for him to do so. He did play a bit more CF in 2012, sample size of course, and seems nominally OK there.

Maybe I'm misremembering but I was thinking Aoki actually WAS a CF.... just a CF on a team that already happened to have a superior one.
   19. Textbook Editor Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4611270)
Good heavens! How could you forget Curt Leskanic?


One of the 25!
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4611277)
Not to mention the fact that Fowler is a CF and Aoki a RF. Their offensive profiles are similar, but I don't see anything else that makes Aoki the better player, as Royals Retro asserted.


FWIW, Aoki has been a 3+ WAR player both years in the states, Fowler has never been one in five full seasons. Not that its the be-all end-all, but that's a large part of why I think Aoki is better.

Fowler is also probably worse away from Coors - not as bad as his road stats, but not as good as his Coors stats. And Aoki does not have much of a split (.759 OPS vs. RHP/.746 vs. LHP), despite being a lefty.
   21. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4611283)
Are the A's paying the full salary for Johnson? Give Billy Beane 20 million more to work with and he spends half on a shaky closer?

Yes and yes. I don't like it at all, especially if they have to trade Brett Anderson to fit Johnson into their budget.
Choice + Bostick for Aoki seems like a lot better deal than for Gentry.

A's were specifically looking for a RHB to complement Reddick, Crisp and Moss but they already had Choice. The best argument I can make for the deal Beane made is (and I'm still skeptical):

1) They're going for it in 2014 while they have Cespedes, Crisp, Kazmir and Lowrie; and Donaldson, Parker, Gray, Norris and Reddick are cheap and peaking.
2) Gentry is an awesome defender, much better than Fowler or Aoki, who adds value even when he's not hitting.
3) Gentry is for 3 years and Aoki is for 1 and Fowler for 2
4) Gentry is a better hitter vs LHP than Aoki or Fowler
5) Even though Gentry's WAR is limited by his PA, his WAA will be so great that it's more important than WAR, making it worth trading 2 B/B- prospects for him

I'm still not sure I buy this, but it's what I could come up with
   22. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4611297)
I'm still not sure I buy this, but it's what I could come up with

The first four seem pretty sound to me, Ivan.
   23. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4611303)
lots of misperceptions of aoki

--not a good defender. he's mediocre. plays ridiculously deep and lets many flares fall in front of him. yes I know there are metrics that grade him out as ok or better but I think with more time that will change.
--gets really hot in September to help his seasonal numbers but for half the season or more struggles to put up a .700 ops.
--hustles but not a good baserunner
--good bunter
--fan favorite because he does hustle and does things that are rare in today's game but in sum is a 1-2 war player who is overrated relative to how he is perceived

sure he's cheap but that will change after 2014

pretty convinced that the brewers got the best years of his career in the states
   24. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM (#4611304)
and there is no way aoki could play center on a regular basis. it would be a jon jay playoff experience
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4611310)
--gets really hot in September to help his seasonal numbers but for half the season or more struggles to put up a .700 ops.


In 2012, his OPS was above .700 for all but two weeks in May. In 2013, his OPS only dipped below .700 for two weeks in August. His career splits by month are:

April: .752
May: .806
June: .715
July: .713
August: .674
Sept: .853

I've read he's too aggressive as a baserunner.

and there is no way aoki could play center on a regular basis. it would be a jon jay playoff experience


The Royals have Lorenzo Cain in center, who is a tremendous defender, and Jarrod Dyson to back him up.

Its a one year $2 million gamble that required only a AAAA starter/possible reliever to give up. I guess Smith could turn into Joe Nathan and this trades looks bad in a few years, but I see very little downside here.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4611316)
All Royals RF in 2013: .258/.304/.392

I would say Aoki could slump and still represent a good upgrade here. Of course, not playing Jeff Francoeur already represents a huge upgrade.
   27. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4611319)
ag1

your literal response is borderline ridiculous

by month in career in the states (in case you were going to drag out Japanese league stats)

April/March .752
May .806
June .715
July .713
August .674

Sept/Oct .853

there is nothing here that refutes what I states. 3 months is half the season.

and the centerfield information was in response to others conjecture
   28. Poster Nutbag Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4611320)
Don't worry, this'll all make sense after the Butler/Anderson deal during the Winter Meetings.....
   29. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4611321)
ag1

and I am NOT stating in any way that Milwaukee 'won' the trade or any some such nonsense

just trying to level set expectations on aoki

   30. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4611324)
ag1

i hope aoki is a spectacular success

will that help? will you now stop trying to tell me aoki is awesome when i know he isn't?
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4611329)

there is nothing here that refutes what I states. 3 months is half the season.



I thought you meant his OPS was under .700.

I guess I don't really see what it matters that much. For the Royals, they want the September games to matter too. And if Aoki is slumping in the mid-months because he's tired, well the Royals have enough depth in the OF they can rest him a lot.

I don't think anyone has any illusions Aoki is some great player, but he has a great approach to the plate, is a pretty good defender for a RF, even as a .700 OPS player, he represents an upgrade in RF, and the cost was basically nil.

your literal response is borderline ridiculous


will that help? will you now stop trying to tell me aoki is awesome when i know he isn't?


I respect you Harv, but you don't have to be a jerk about it. I don't think I have ever asserted that Aoki is "awesome." Let's just agree to disagree, okay?
   32. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4611331)
I don't think anyone has any illusions Aoki is some great player, but he has a great approach to the plate, is a pretty good defender for a RF, even as a .700 OPS player, he represents an upgrade in RF, and the cost was basically nil.

agreed on everything but the good defender

but you can make your own assessment in 2014
   33. Matt Welch Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4611354)
I see no reason why Will Smith won't be a good starting pitcher in the big leagues.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4611356)
I see no reason why Will Smith won't be a good starting pitcher in the big leagues


Pretty meh K numbers til this year, and then its only ten starts. He lacks a third pitch. If he is to become useful, I think its more likely he becomes a left-handed Joe Nathan. He was a pretty darn good reliever down the stretch.
   35. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4611369)
if the brewers get four years of quality lefty relief that isn't just loogy garbage they will have done well

because the brewers bullpen is too often awful over the last decade plus

every so often competence and too much YIKES
   36. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM (#4611377)
The Royals still have so many gaping holes in the infield. I mean, I'm glad we picked up a useful piece (without giving away too much--I don't think it'll be that difficult to replace Smith's innings), but...just a little confused. To wit:

All Royals second basemen last year: .243/.296/.304
All Royals third basemen last year: .232/.284/.359
All Royals shortstops last year: .230/.255/.295

Crossing your fingers and praying Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas figure it out doesn't really count as a plan. (Nor does "starting second baseman Emilio Bonifacio!")
   37. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4611393)
Not to mention Jason Vargas < Ervin Santana in 2013. So yea, even with a good move like this, we're not exactly favorites in the Central. Even getting back to 86 wins would be a big feat.
   38. Shibal Posted: December 05, 2013 at 06:20 PM (#4611403)
Moustakas and Escobar can't get any worse, no?

And Bonifacio can't be worse than Getz, no no?

Replacing suckitude with average is an improvement, no no no?

   39. puck Posted: December 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM (#4611462)
Why are the two guys the Rockies got considered "much more in return"? The Rockies received two guys who if everything turns out, could be useful. But if they continue in current form instead, you have poor-hitting backup OF and a AAA starter. Whereas Milwaukee received a pitcher who may profile as a reliever, but appears to have a good chance of being good.
   40. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4611470)
Moustakas and Escobar can't get any worse, no?

And Bonifacio can't be worse than Getz, no no?

"So, Dayton, what's your plan to improve the team for 2014?"

"Three words: Dead. Cat. Bounce."
   41. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM (#4611481)
let me mention that i enjoyed watching aoki play despite his limitations
   42. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 07:40 PM (#4611486)
41--yep. He puts the ball in play a lot (only 40 Ks last year, best AB/SO rate in baseball), runs the bases aggressively, and--in the admittedly very few times I've seen the Brewers play--he legitimately seems to be having a great time playing baseball.

I noticed Baseball-Reference.com states the earliest he can become a free agent is 2018. Any idea why they'd state that?
   43. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: December 05, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4611488)
Obviously it's a small sample size, but those monthly splits are bizarre. Most hitters do better during the summer.
   44. PreservedFish Posted: December 05, 2013 at 08:03 PM (#4611499)
Crossing your fingers and praying Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas figure it out doesn't really count as a plan.


Well, I think that's an OK plan. You want those guys to get their hacks in, they still might be solid contributors to future teams. But it's not great if your signature move as a GM was just recently trading a huge prospect for a veteran starter to lead your playoff charge. How do you balance those things? Bring in reasonable veteran platoon partners?
   45. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4611504)
there is nothing here that refutes what I state


Other than the fact that there's no evidence that dudes systematically perform differently by month, week, or even really time of year, sure.
   46. Jay Z Posted: December 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM (#4611520)
let me mention that i enjoyed watching aoki play despite his limitations


Agreed. Fun type of player. Also agree with the limitations. He plays deep because his ability to field anything hit over his head is minimal. He saw a drop in his power and SB% this year, and he's on the wrong side of 30.

Don't know Smith, but he's a lefty with good control. He will likely be of some use. Brewers are the worst team in baseball at generating pitching prospects, so they need every hand.
   47. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 08:48 PM (#4611538)
But it's not great if your signature move as a GM was just recently trading a huge prospect for a veteran starter to lead your playoff charge. How do you balance those things? Bring in reasonable veteran platoon partners?
I've thought for a while that Eduardo Nunez would fit this team pretty perfectly, and he's really out of a job in New York (with the signings of Brendan Ryan and Kelly Johnson).

He can play third base when you want to sit Moustakas against a lefty, shortstop when you feel you can punt defense there (say, when Shields--with his high K-rates and flyball rates--is on the mound), and second base when Bonifacio wets the bed.

So, that's one way to do it--bring in enough veteran utility guys that you have enough options to prevent yourselves from giving away too many sub-replacement level plate appearances.

The other way is to trade some prospects to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. Or trade Billy Butler to an AL team with some infielders to spare.
   48. Zach Posted: December 05, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4611555)
I always liked Will Smith. He came up looking to be a situational reliever this year and just kept on doing everything the Royals asked. I could see him as a back end starter, a quality reliever, or some combination of the two. Plus, he's under team control for a long time.

I like Aoki, too. This might be a trade where both sides made a nice value pickup.
   49. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: December 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4611589)
33, he will have to take time off to fight aliens a lot, which could wear a fella down.
   50. Drexl Spivey Posted: December 05, 2013 at 11:59 PM (#4611647)
Brewers are the worst team in baseball at generating pitching prospects, so they need every hand.


Not true. The current Brewer rotation candidates are:

Gallardo
Lohse
Peralta
Estrada
Nelson
Hellweg
Thornburg
Smith
Tom Gorz.
Jungmann

They have enough guys in the mix for the last rotation spot. A better landing spot for Smith would be a team with an open rotation spot.

Smith posted solid stats between the PCL and MLB last year. He projects to be a solid, cheap reliever for several years (which does have a great deal of value).

If the Brewers can pick up a solid fourth outfielder, then they should do okay with this trade. If Jordan Schafer gets more than 300 plate appearances again as the fourth outfielder, then the Brewers will probably regret making this trade.
   51. Boxkutter Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:22 AM (#4611711)
This gives the Brewers a pretty decent line-up next season (unless I'm missing someone going to free agency). Here is what I see with their 2013 slash lines listed:

SS: Segura 294/329/423
2B: Gennett 324/356/479 (69 Games... I am guessing he steals the starting job from Weeks)
CF: Gomez 284/338/506
RF: Braun 298/372/498 (61 Games)
C: Lucroy 280/340/455
1B: Hart 270/334/507 (2012 Numbers, injured in 2013)
3B: A-Ram 283/370/461 (92 Games)
LF: Davis 279/353/596 (56 Games)

They really need another LH bat for the middle of that line-up. Gennett is the only LH in the whole thing, and if somehow Weeks takes back the starting spot, there aren't any lefties. I might even consider moving Gennett down so they can put Gomez into the #2 spot and take advantage of Segura's and Gomez's speed in the 1-2 spots. Although, really... Segura should be batting 8th (or 9th with the pitcher batting 8th).

Anyways, if they had a decent rotation/bullpen, I could definitely see this team fighting the Cards and Bucs for the division.
   52. Boxkutter Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:41 AM (#4611714)
This also gives them a bench of Weeks (2B), Bianchi (SS/3B), Maldonado (C), Gindl (COF), and Schafer (CF). Not sure if Yuniesky is signed for 2014 or not, or if the like to run with 13 or 14 hitters, but this seems like a decent bench as well. Gindl and Schafer acting as the lefties off the bench.

And the more I think about it, the more I want to lead off with Gomez, Gennett hitting 2nd still, and then moving Segura to the bottom. Probably jump Hart over Lucroy in the line-up I have up there too, just to get a bigger bat right behind Braun.
   53. Dan Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:19 AM (#4611716)
This gives the Brewers a pretty decent line-up next season (unless I'm missing someone going to free agency).


Hart is a free agent.
   54. villageidiom Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:25 AM (#4611717)
The Royals still have so many gaping holes in the infield. I mean, I'm glad we picked up a useful piece (without giving away too much--I don't think it'll be that difficult to replace Smith's innings), but...just a little confused.
Cano.
   55. Jay Z Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4611724)
Gallardo
Lohse
Peralta
Estrada
Nelson
Hellweg
Thornburg
Smith
Tom Gorz.
Jungmann


Smith has more positive MLB experience than Hellweg and Nelson. Jungmann isn't MLB ready. Gorzelanny is just a spot starter and backup plan. Thornburg probably gets first crack at #5, but it's far from a sure thing.

The Brewers do not have a particularly young staff. They never do, because they never have spurts of pitching prospects coming out of their system. They have managed to come up with a couple recently in Peralta and the reliever Kintzler. They can't count on prospects making it to the Smith level with any frequency.
   56. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 06, 2013 at 09:09 AM (#4611725)
dan

it is assumed by many that hart will sign a one year deal with Milwaukee

   57. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2013 at 10:31 AM (#4611760)
I noticed Baseball-Reference.com states the earliest he can become a free agent is 2018. Any idea why they'd state that?


Under the reserve clause, that is when he'd be eligible for free agency, but he, like many Japanese free agents, has a contract that requires the club to non-tender him after his third season in 2014.

Why are the two guys the Rockies got considered "much more in return"? The Rockies received two guys who if everything turns out, could be useful. But if they continue in current form instead, you have poor-hitting backup OF and a AAA starter. Whereas Milwaukee received a pitcher who may profile as a reliever, but appears to have a good chance of being good.


Lyles has a much better pedigree than Smith. Lyles was once a Top 100 prospect that was rushed to the big leagues and put in the rotation. Smith was just a guy without a third pitch who put up okay numbers in the minors, failed as a starter in the big leagues, then flourished as a reliever. If Lyles had been handled as Smith had, he'd probably be putting up good bullpen numbers too. If Smith's surge in Ks last year is for real, then he has a good chance to be useful - probably as a reliever and not a starter. If his K numbers go back to his career minor league numbers, he's going to get hammered.

I'm not particularly high on Lyles, but he has a much better shot at being a useful starting pitcher, plus the Rox got Brandon Barnes who looks like a poor-man's Craig Gentry.
   58. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:00 AM (#4611782)
I think the following is a retread of other ideas, but I never let that stop me...

56/hw: That's what I'm expecting as well, not that my thoughts matter. Hart's indicated that he's willing to give a hometown, sorry I got hurt discount - right? Wish he were competent at first, though.

My own reading of the tea leaves + limited viewing is that Aoki is pretty good on defense, but I don't watch him regularly and reasonable, informed people (besides us) disagree here.

The thing to remember with this deal is that you're getting one year of cheap Aoki (who I like) versus a bunch of years of cheap Smith (who I also like). Even if he's just a solid reliever - and he might be more than that - getting a few years of surplus value makes up for somethings. I like this deal better for KC, but this isn't highway robbery or anything.
   59. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: December 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4612383)
The more important news is that the Brewers have finally replaced the departed Prince Fielder with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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