The Royals made a move Sunday that was pretty predictable if not downright expected yet totally unwanted by the majority of fans when they optioned Johnny Giavotella to Omaha in favor of Yuniesky Betancourt and Chris Getz.
The Royals smartly are sticking to the stance that they are making the decision based on defense:
Â â€œ(Giavotella) needs to continue to focus on his defense,â€ manager Ned Yost said. â€œJohnny is a much better defender today than he was at this time last year, but we had two better defensive options in Betancourt and Getz
It seems as if they are giving up quite a bit on offense to make that bet when you consider Chris Getz has a 68 Career OPS+ while Yuniesky brings a career 82 OPS+ and a .292 career OBP to the yard. Â If the decision was based purely off defense and no other factors then I guess Chris Getz is the logical choice as he is probably the best defender of the bunch but platooning he and Yuni next to Alcides Escobar and Humberto Quintero will create a significant offensive hurdle for a team that will need ample offensive effort thanks to a subpar group of starting pitchers.
Perhaps the Royals want to push back Gio’s clock or believe he needs get 100% healthy after having hip surgery but it seems more likely that they just like what Chris Getz and Yuniesky bring to the position a bit more. Â After all they decided to bring Yuni back after seeing him in Royal blue for 222 games and put Getz in the mix at second despite seeing him in 190 games there is obviously something they are seeing that we bloggers and fans are not.
On top of the Gio decision the Royals also sent down Jarrod Dyson, Vin Mazzaro, Zach Miner, Tony Abreu, Irving Falu and catcher Cody Clark. Â The Royals also traded Greg Golson to the Chicago White Sox for cash possibly opening up an outfield in Omaha of David Lough, Dyson and Derrick Robinson, not too shabby for flyball pitchers. Â The Dyson move isn’t surprising after the Royals acquired Jason Bourgeois in the trade that sent Kevin Chapman to the Astros.
The Bourgeois one is very interesting to me and one I don’t quite understand. Â Jason like Dyson is extremely speedy but hits right handed like Lorenzo Cain limiting the option they would have had with Dyson to platoon Zo on off days. Â Perhaps I’m just reading too much into that decision and they feel Jarrod could become more than Bourgeois can longterm and giving Dyson more at bats in Omaha will help his development but I don’t buy that at age 27 and 1600 minor league plate appearances. Â We’ve seen for quite sometime that when the Royals brass set their minds to something it isn’t easily changed and despite an extremely impressive spring from Lorenzo a slow start in the regular season could mean plenty of PT for Bourgeois.