Un Trou Dans Le Côté Droit Du Terrain Reviewed by Momizat on . I apologize if that translation is incorrect. With the recent trade of Wil Myers and Dayton Moore's unapologetic backing of the Frenchtoaster in Jeff Passan's r I apologize if that translation is incorrect. With the recent trade of Wil Myers and Dayton Moore's unapologetic backing of the Frenchtoaster in Jeff Passan's r Rating: 0
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Un Trou Dans Le Côté Droit Du Terrain

Un Trou Dans Le Côté Droit Du Terrain

I apologize if that translation is incorrect.

With the recent trade of Wil Myers and Dayton Moore’s unapologetic backing of the Frenchtoaster in Jeff Passan’s recent article I thought when will we get to see someone else play rightfield on an every day basis in KC?

frenchyNothing against Jeff but his play last year was how do you say?  Crepe.  The Royals clearly would miss his leadership style if he left, I mean how else would they get by with a guy who complains his courses maniées la batte dedans (runs batted in) total is down because the teams best hitter is on base in front of him.  Maybe someone should translate all those extra base hits for him that Billy cost him RBI’s on, deux if I remember correctly.  That Napoleon like leadership style leads to plenty of winning as one can see in his teams 572-637 (hat tip Connor Moylan) record when he steps on the field.  It’s positively Waterlooian from Frenchy but let’s try to suck it up and see who could be replacing those pearly whites in a couple of years after yet another Dayton contract.

Jorge Bonifacio – A prototypical right-fielder the Royals mentioned he and Adalberto Mondesi’s names as players they don’t want to trade.  The right-fielder has a quick bat, wide shoulders and thick upper body that looks like he’ll project to have plus power.  He ran into your typical first full season slump towards the end of the year with an injury.  He’ll be tested in High A with advanced pitching and a park that has gotten the better of many a right-handed hitter before him so don’t expect a quick path.  If he can pull a Wil Myers in High A maybe he gets to KC by late 2014 but that is extremely unlikely.  ETA 2015, Probability he makes it?  Not likely but for this list he’s definitely the #1 in-house candidate.

Brett Eibner – Tooled with plenty of power, a big arm and solid reading ability in the outfield Eibner has everything a team looks for in a rightfielder if not for one major weakness.  Contact.  The former Razorback has struckout 31.5% of the time the last two seasons, far too many for most players to make an impact with the bat enough during a season.  The Royals are making adjustments with Eibner’s mechanics and 2013 will be a big season for him.  If he can improve his contact ability all the other tools are there to be an impact major league outfielder.  ETA 2014, Probability he makes it?  Huge uphill battle for a guy who has struggled with contact in college and now the pros and his chances of making it aren’t very likely.

David Lough or speedy OF- The Royals could go another way and flip Alex to RF while using a speedy David Lough or Lorenzo Cain in the corner.  If Cain proves he can hit and stay healthy this season maybe that will be the answer and a less expensive alternative.  This move isn’t likely for a front office and coaching staff that is looking for power.

Sacrebleu !  Basically the in-house alternatives are virtually non-existent.  The hopes of the Royals fanbase rest purely on the shoulders of David Glass and his checkbook opening up for a free agent in 2014.

Nate McLouth (32)
Mike Morse (32)
David Murphy (32)
Laynce Nix (33)
Martin Prado (30)
Ryan Raburn (33)
Rajai Davis (33)
Jacoby Ellsbury (30)
Carlos Gomez (28)
Curtis Granderson (33)
Tony Gwynn Jr. (31)
Andres Torres (36)
Chris Denorfia (33)
Jeff Francoeur (30)
Corey Hart (32)
Hunter Pence (31)
Jason Repko (33)
Ichiro Suzuki (40)
Carlos Beltran (37)
Shin-Soo Choo (31)
Nelson Cruz (33)

The list of available Free Agent outfielders without contract buyouts isn’t promising and when one considers the amount of money average players like Shane Victorino, Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan earned without the new TV money being in place things begin to really look dicey.  The Royals already have $40M on the books for 2014 while Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins enter their first year of arbitration.   On top of that they’ll need to focus on whether or not they can find the money of a Billy Butler or Felipe Paulino contract extension.

If I was a betting man I would lay a large portion of my money on a one or two-year accord with Monsieur Francoeur if he plays just average baseball in 2013 and the Royals play .500 ball.  The Royals clearly are operating under the assumption that Frenchy is a quality baseball player and as the French say On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne (if it’s not broken don’t fix it).

 

 

About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (3)

  • DownUnderFan

    Clint:

    Who would you target then for a trade. I know Moore and Yost say that Francoeur is their man in right field but I have to believe they are working in the background to find another power hitting outfielder just in case or if Cain goes down again.

    So who do you think it should be.

  • Clint Scoles

    Trumbo is a poor defender everywhere except 1b. I wouldn’t want him

  • DownUnderFan

    While talking over on the Royals MLB site today, we came up with a deal for Mark Trumbo.

    Any thoughts on whether the Royals might go after Trumbo now with Hamilton going to the Angels.

    Trumbo can fit all their needs as he can play 1st, 3rd and outfield (although somewhat suspect there).

    And he has the power numbers to match.

    Angels are looking for another starter and reliever. Would the Royals consider Mendoza, Chen, Adcock, or Crow in a package to get Trumbo?

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