The Kansas City Royals and Dayton Moore stayed busy this off-season, yesterday they traded for Tyler Lumsden to the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash considerations.
This was the second trade for the lefty pitcher as he was originally with the Chicago White Sox before the Royals acquired him with Dan Cortes for Mike MacDougal. He was having a great year for the Sox’ Double-A team that season, but has been downhill since. Supposedly he has pretty good stuff, just major control problems that have kept him from succeeding in the upper minors. Lumsden has a mid-90s fastball, a curve, changeup and a cutter in the works. If the Astros can find a quick fix to his control problems, he could be in the major league rotation by mid-season.
Ed Wade actually made a decent trade here. Lumsden could still be a decent back of the rotation starter if he gets a little more development. The Astros don’t have much in the way of prospects to protect, so putting him on their 40-man won’t be much of a hit. If he can’t turn into a starter for them, Tyler could be a decent lefty specialist still. You know Ed likes his relievers.
Dayton Moore and the Royals were essentially preparing for the Rule-5 draft. They didn’t have the space to protect Lumsden and were likely to lose him in the process. Maybe they can get something for him, but at this stage it’s doubtful. But it’s better than losing him for nothing I guess. But you’d think that his upside of being a hard throwing lefty would be of some value in a package of other players for a viable shortstop or some other useful piece.
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