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Friday, October 31, 2008
Royals - Acquired Jacobs
Kansas City Royals - Acquired 1B Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins for P Leo Nunez.
From a pure value-for-value standpoint, Mike Jacobs is worth giving up Leo Nunez, who isn’t really a 143 ERA+ reliever. However, I just don’t see it as a good move for this team in particular team. The team does improve going from Ross Gload to Jacobs (you have to feel for Gload, finally getting real shots on the far slope of his career), but the Royals aren’t a serious contender in 2009. A rebuilding team always has questions that it seeks to answer and a lot of the questions the Royals have involve the 1B/DH position. It gets even more crowded if Alex Gordon continues to develop as a hitter but plays as poorly defensively at third as he did this season. Sure, in theory, they could flip Mike Jacobs later on, but Jacobs also happens to be a very limited defensive platoon 1B and if he could be flipped for something more valuable than Leo Nunez, the Marlins probably would have done it.
The Marlins will probably have the 1B spot fairly wide open in the spring training, with Cantu/McPherson/Sanchez and probably a few others in the 1B/3B mix.
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