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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Royals - Acquired Keppinger, de la Rosa

Kansas City Royals - Acquired 2B Jeff Keppinger from the New York Mets for 2B Ruben Gotay; acquired P Jorge de la Rosa from the Brewers for IF Tony Graffanino; acquired P Odalis Perez, P Blake Johnson and P Julio Pimentel from the Los Angeles Dodgers for P Elmer Dessens.

I was initially unhappy with Moore based on the Gathright trade, but he’s put in some nice ones since then

Keppinger’s been the forgotten man with the Mets, generally becoming injured whenever he has a clear opportunity to fight for the 2B job.  I like this trade from the Royals’ perspective mainly because based on his time in the majors, Gotay’s not going to field well enough to play 2B in the majors and a .726 OPS in the PCL isn’t all that special.

Moore’s done a great job picking up some upside arms, adding de la Rosa, Johnson, and Pimentel for two players that aren’t part of the rebuilding process and, in addition, taking a flyer on Perez.  Odalis has been wretched this season, but with the Dodgers paying a huge chunk of the contract, why not take a chance?  Anyone seen the Royals rotation lately? (Probably not - the FCC would probably fine a station for showing Royals pitching during family viewing hours).  With Weeks out, Graf and the strangely acquired David Bell will fill-in.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 29, 2006 at 09:45 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: July 30, 2006 at 01:41 AM (#2117466)
De La Rosa's numbers so far tonight: 4 IP, 6 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 homers allowed.

About time the Royals had somebody who could actually strike out batters! (even if he has thrown 41 strikes in his 70 pitches. Which means that 11 of those strikes were balls in play (5 outs, 6 hits) and 30 strikes and 7 strikeouts!
   2. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: July 30, 2006 at 01:55 AM (#2117471)
   3. NTNgod Posted: July 30, 2006 at 02:00 AM (#2117476)
De La Rosa's numbers so far tonight: 4 IP, 6 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 homers allowed.

DLR's a frustrating guy.

He'll be absolutely dominating with a four-pitch assortment on occasion, then be unable to hit the broad side of a barn for stretches at a time. His lack of minor-league options really hurt him - which is why the Brewers milked his rehab assigment as long as they could.
   4. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: July 30, 2006 at 02:14 AM (#2117480)
Hey, is it considered insensitive to say that de la Rosa looks like Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite?
   5. Zach Posted: July 30, 2006 at 04:26 AM (#2117535)
I just read on Rob & Rany that Perez had a .372 BABIP for the Dodgers. Getting him for half of his contract's value starts looking really good...
   6. Garth found his way to daylight Posted: July 30, 2006 at 05:41 AM (#2117560)
His FIP-ERA is something "over" (less than, numberically) -2.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2006 at 06:24 AM (#2117573)
Jorge de la Rosa is a lefty with electric stuff who can't seem to put it all together on a consistent basis, who his team unwisely tried to turn into a LOOGY, and has blister problems.

Apparently, "de la Rosa" is spanish for "Affeldt."
   8. Russ Posted: July 31, 2006 at 01:02 PM (#2119386)
Ahh... Jeff Keppinger. I hope he really latches on somewhere as a useful player, mainly because I want every player that David Littlefield has given away for basically no reason to become a useful player while he continues to collect eminently unuseful ones.
   9. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 31, 2006 at 10:32 PM (#2120445)
Why didn't the Royals send Grudz somewhere and give Keppinger a crack at second?

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