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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Royals - Acquired Crisp
Kansas City Royals - Acquired CF Coco Crisp from the Boston for P Ramon Ramirez
While I appreciate the fact that Dayton Moore is willing to trade reliever at the height of their value, but this is kind of puzzling.
The Royals, a team that has a lot of needs, has had this organizational obsession with making one of their best players, David DeJesus, much less valuable to the team. While Moore has done a reasonable job on a pure value-for-value standpoint, he’s yet to do another important task of GMs. Put most simply, a GM should be able to identify organizational strengths and utilize those strengths as much as possible. The Royals have not been a team overflowing with organizational strengths in recent years, but one of them has been DeJesus. As a centerfielder, he’s one of the better defensive centerfielders in the league and hits enough that he’s a borderline star as a centerfielder. Moving him to left dilutes his strengths. DeJesus isn’t a valueless player in left, but as a leftfielder, the value his glove can bring to the team is diminished and his offense becomes merely adequate. Simply put, DeJesus is not an organizational strength as a leftfielder.
Offensively speaking, Crisp isn’t really a starter if he isn’t playing in centerfield. Should Coco Crisp be in centerfield?
Let’s play ‘One of These Things is Not Like the Others.’ Crisp has played in centerfield in at least 50 games in every season in the majors but two. Here are how his zone ratings in center would rank him among qualifiers (he didn’t qualify all years).
You don’t need Elmo to find out which just does not belong.
The Royals lose this trade unless they get something substantial in trade for Teahen or DeJesus. Crisp simply downgrades the team wherever he plays full-time, so the Royals need something worth Ramirez, the opportunity cost of Teahen or DeJesus, and compensation for the significant downgrade of actually playing Crisp.
Thumbs down for Royals.
The Red Sox, unlike the Royals, have a strong organization with no gaping weaknesses staring them in the face. So they had the luxury of picking and choosing whatever the best value they could get for Crisp, nearly regardless of position. Crisp probably didn’t have a lot of trade value and even if it’s more efficient to grow your own bullpen, a serious contender with money to invest can choose to be a little less efficient in order to be a little more risk averse. Ramirez, if he repeats his 2008, will give the Red Sox a ridiculously good 6th-best reliever.
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