For at least the last two seasons there has been plenty of speculation as to when the Kansas City Royals would trade David DeJesus. The versatile outfielder has been rumored to go to just about every team that has been in contention. He has finally been traded, with the Oakland Athletics receiving him in exchange for pitchers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks.
The A’s must have an affinity for Kansas City Royals outfielders. Coco Crisp recently roamed center field in Kansas City. They’ve also brought in Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye in the past. Now with DeJesus, they have an ideal #2 hitter. David will hit for a good average and gets on-base at a rate appropriate for that spot in the order. Although he has gap power, it’s unlikely that he’ll hit more than 10 home runs in a season. Also, even though he has good speed, DeJesus is not a good base stealer. In 2009 he hit a low with only four steals in 13 tries.
The A’s outfield picture gets a little cloudier though. The team has already picked up Coco Crisp‘s option for next season and also have Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Conor Jackson, Jack Cust and to some extent Chris Carter. At least one of Cust and Jackson will probably not be offered contracts for next season though and Carter may be used primarily at DH.
Dealing from their surplus of starting pitching after winning the bid for Japanese right-hander , the A’s sent over to the Royals. Mazzaro will take over the recently released ‘s spot in the rotation and should provide some solid innings. He’s been known to keep the hits down in the minors, but the walks get to him occasionally. If he refines his control, Mazzaro could become a decent mid-rotation starter (at least the middle of the Royals’ rotation).
Marks slings a low 90s fastball, a slider, a curve and a changeup. He gives up his share of hits and walks. Although he hasn’t posted good numbers in the lower minors, it is a small sampling and Justin could improve as he moves through the system. With his high strikeout rate though, if he doesn’t survive as a starter, Marks could become a decent situational lefty out of the pen.
At first when I looked at this I felt that Dayton could’ve gotten a much better deal. But when you look at DeJesus’ numbers, it’s nothing to get really excited about. Yes, he hits for average and gets on base well. He’s also provided very good defense in left field. But he’s mediocre in the other outfield spots and left field is typically where you hide your poor-fielding power hitter. David also doesn’t hit double-digits much in home runs, can’t steal bases, and gets hurt often. Essentially, he’s only a few notches above fourth outfielder status.
This is a better trade for Moore than I thought. Mazzaro could decline next season outside of Oakland’s spacious ballpark and away from a good defense behind him. But he should eat innings better than Bannister and Marks is a wild card that may turn into something useful. Moore also saves $6 million to spend elsewhere. Beane gets a number two hitter with decent left field defense, but doesn’t address the glaring need for more power in the lineup. The trade looks to be somewhat of a wash to me.