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#900465 - 07/10/09 03:34 PM Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle...
jnewell Offline
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Registered: 08/07/08
Loc: Lawrence, KS
for minor league pitchers Dan Cortes and Derrick Saito.

I'm waiting for the JFish verdict, though I already know what it's going to be with another low-OBP guy added to the roster.

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#900466 - 07/10/09 03:42 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: jnewell]
oreadical Offline
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Registered: 09/29/05
Loc: TJ's Fanny Pack
At least he's better than TPJ offensively...

BA: .250 vs. .089
OBP: .278 vs. .128

Head-to-Head
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#900467 - 07/10/09 04:17 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: oreadical]
KUshark Offline
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Registered: 01/17/08
Loc: Mulletville!
Yeah, this is already getting panned big time. Check out the thoughts of this guy:

Yikes!

I don't think Fish will care for this at all!

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#900468 - 07/10/09 04:32 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: jnewell]
jammahawk Offline
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Registered: 01/02/05
Loc: In the Corleone compound
Betancourt blows, however the silver lining could be that TPJ will get DFA'd.
The primary player we gave up was Daniel Cortes. At times considered a good prospect in AA ball, but seems to have hit a wall and has struggled much of the past two seasons. He is considered a head case and recently had a legal issue in Arkansas.
I don't care for Betancourt, but we didn't give much up, so it was low risk.
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#900469 - 07/10/09 04:39 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: jammahawk]
crzykufan987 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/05
I'm sick of seeing Dayton trade for could-be players. It would be nice to get a proven player over here for once. What am i complaining about though? Cortes seems to be slipping majorly. Betancourt is only 27, and we didn't have to give up any part of our rotation or one our few good relief pitchers for what could be the solution to our SS problems this year. I mean.. that's as positive as it looks to me.
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#900470 - 07/10/09 04:43 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: crzykufan987]
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#900471 - 07/10/09 04:49 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: larryb]
laidbak_bb Offline
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Loc: Lawrence
here's a silver lining, from the email alert sent byroyals.com, gotta love baseball stats:

"Since becoming the Mariners full-time shortstop in 2006, his 341 double plays rank second in all of baseball to Oakland's Orlando Cabrera (357). "
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#900472 - 07/10/09 05:00 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: laidbak_bb]
jayhwk01 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
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This trade is BRILLIANT....ugh.
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#900473 - 07/10/09 05:54 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: jayhwk01]
Hawk1990 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Loc: Shawnee, KS
All the bozos on 810 keep saying, "well, at least they got better", and they're all wrong. The Royals' BENCH got better, because it will now be without Pena (we can only pray) and will have Bloomquist. The problem is that Bloomquist, as mediocre as he's been this year, is still world's better than Betancourt offensively, so the everyday lineup just got worse. A LOT worse. And since Betancourt also has no speed, no defensive flexibility, and isn't that good at the only defensive position he does play, this would be a bad deal even if the Royals gave up nothing to get him. Throw in the loss of Cortes and Saito and this might represent Moore's worst deal to date. And that's saying something.

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#900474 - 07/11/09 11:33 AM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: Hawk1990]
jammahawk Offline
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All the bozos on 810 keep saying, "well, at least they got better", and they're all wrong. The Royals' BENCH got better, because it will now be without Pena (we can only pray) and will have Bloomquist. The problem is that Bloomquist, as mediocre as he's been this year, is still world's better than Betancourt offensively, so the everyday lineup just got worse. A LOT worse. And since Betancourt also has no speed, no defensive flexibility, and isn't that good at the only defensive position he does play, this would be a bad deal even if the Royals gave up nothing to get him. Throw in the loss of Cortes and Saito and this might represent Moore's worst deal to date. And that's saying something.




I won't consider it a terrible deal until I'm convinced Betancourt is meant to be anything other than a bridge to a player (Bianchi) that will be ready by '11.
Moving Cortes and Saito should not be considered a loss. Cortes will have been passed up on the prospect list by at least four other pitchers in the organization within the next year.
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#900475 - 07/11/09 08:42 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle... [Re: jnewell]
JFish26 Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Loc: KC, MO
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for minor league pitchers Dan Cortes and Derrick Saito.

I'm waiting for the JFish verdict, though I already know what it's going to be with another low-OBP guy added to the roster.




Its not necessarily the OBP that gets me...there are good players with below-average OBP's. With Yuni, I guess I'm much more struck with the fact that he sucks at every facet of baseball except hitting for average. Terrible move.
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#900476 - 07/12/09 02:21 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle [Re: JFish26]
jammahawk Offline
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for minor league pitchers Dan Cortes and Derrick Saito.

I'm waiting for the JFish verdict, though I already know what it's going to be with another low-OBP guy added to the roster.




Its not necessarily the OBP that gets me...there are good players with below-average OBP's. With Yuni, I guess I'm much more struck with the fact that he sucks at every facet of baseball except hitting for average. Terrible move.




I'm not going to call it a terrible move, the individuals involved in this trade will have minimal impact on either organization.
If Betancourt's presence on the roster were keeping a legit prospect from getting playing time, then yes it would be terrible, but we don't, the closest prospect we have at SS is currently at AA level.
This would be a terrible trade had we given up a blue chip prospect, we didn't. We gave up a AA pitcher whose status as a prospect has quickly been circling the drain.
This trade will be of very little consequence, one thing it does mean is I won't ever have to see the left side of the infield consist of TPJ and Hernandez.
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#900477 - 07/12/09 02:40 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle [Re: jammahawk]
JFish26 Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Loc: KC, MO
You're missing something there, though...this does nothing to help the team in any way--now, next year, or for the next five years. Bash Cortes all you want, but he hadn't even been tried out of the bullpen yet. The way this trade works, the Royals are paying the Mariners to take Betancourt off their roster. Miserable, miserable move for an organization which just cannot afford to waste resources. Betancourt is a bad baseball player, and for the Royals to give up anything of value at all for him is disastrous. This costs the Royals money and a roster spot and does not represent even a viable short-term solution at the position.

So, while this trade cannot obviously sink this season's hopes, it is just another data point in a growing set suggesting Moore has an alarmingly bad process for evaluating major league hitters.

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Money quotes...

Jazayerli:

"In today’s game, you simply can’t be successful as a general manager if you ignore half the information that’s available to you. A GM that fired all of his scouts and relied on an army of MIT grads to evaluate his players would be mocked – and rightfully so – as someone leading his team down the fast track to hell. I see no reason why a GM that ignores every shred of statistical evidence when making baseball decisions shouldn’t be treated in a similar fashion.


And make no mistake: this trade closes the argument that the Royals have even a superficial understanding of statistics. The Royals don’t understand the first rule of offensive statistics: that the most important offensive skill is the ability to reach base. They don’t pay any attention to defensive statistics, even though the sabermetric community has made huge strides in the evaluation of defense over the last 5-10 years: the Royals still persist in the delusion that Betancourt is a fine defensive player, even though the numbers (and a growing segment of scouts) agree that he is a liability in the field.

[...]

Dayton Moore is a fine judge of prospects. But – this is critical – someone needs to tell him that Yuniesky Betancourt IS NOT A PROSPECT ANYMORE. He’s not a 21-year-old kid that can be judged solely on his tools. He’s a 27-year-old with a long track record in the major leagues. At his age, that track record is at least as important as his skill set when it comes to projecting his future. You can’t judge established major leaguers the way you do prospects, and every time Moore has acquired an established major league hitter on the basis of his tools, he has been burned. Every. Single. Time."

Poz:

"And at the end of the day, I guess, it’s pretty simple to sum up: The Royals are team that cannot field, hit, hit with power, run or walk. They just traded for a player who cannot field, hit, hit with power, run or walk. I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round — I really love to watch them roll."

"The numbers I see suggest that Yuniesky Betancourt is a terrible defensive shortstop. Not a mediocre shortstop. Not a talented but sloppy shortstop. Not a shaky shortstop. No. Terrible. Ghastly. Tragic. I’ve already shown you his UZR numbers, his John Dewan plus/minus numbers — they tell the story of a shortstop who was never especially great (despite his ability to make sensational plays) and has progressively gotten worse and worse until now he has no range, no consistency and might be the worst defensive shortstop in the game.

[...]

The numbers I see suggest that Yuniesky Betancourt is the worst every day offensive player in the American League and has been for quite some time. There are countless numbers I can use to make this point — at the most basic level, Betancourt’s .299 on-base percentage since 2007 is the worst in baseball for anyone with 1,300 or more plate appearances.

[...]

Either the Royals are right or the numbers (as I look at them here) are right. For years now, Kansas City fans have been stuck rooting for the Royals to beat the numbers. And, for years now, the numbers have been kicking the Royals butts."

Neyer:

"This franchise's single biggest problem has, for many years, been lousy on-base percentages. Last winter, one of Dayton Moore's big moves was the acquisition of Mike Jacobs, who entered this season with a .318 career on-base percentage and has somehow managed to lower that by a few points. Now they've committed to who-knows-how-many years of a shortstop with a .302 on-base percentage who can't play defense.

The Royals' last two general managers have talked a great deal about on-base percentage. What they actually do, though, is things like give up a couple of prospects for Yuniesky Betancourt.

Lately, the Royals seem close to losing Rany Jazayerli and Joe Posnanski. They lost me a long time ago, and it's because of brain-dead moves exactly like this one."

FanGraphs:

"The Royals desperately needed a shortstop. Their collective group was batting a cool .208/.234/.281 with awful defense and little in the way of upside.

[...]

Betancourt has hit .278/.299/.392 while playing most of his games in Safeco. He doesn’t hit for a lot of power, but even if you assume Safeco suppressed him a bit, he’s still not a very good hitter. He’s a below average fielder at shortstop, and the whispers – which have became a bit more than that in the Seattle press – suggest he lacks work ethic.

[...]

If adding playing time threats, benching, closed door meetings, and a team in contention didn’t snap Betancourt into focus, then what will? Even if the Mariners are picking up most of the tab,[...] it’s still a questionable gamble for Dayton Moore.

The Royals still desperately need a shortstop."

Law:

"The Royals kicked off their offseason last winter by acquiring Mike Jacobs, a player so limited in skills that acquiring him made little sense even before considering their superior in-house alternatives. Jacobs has, predictably, flopped, both at the plate and with the glove.

On Friday, the Royals topped that move with an even worse one, trading for Yuniesky Betancourt, who might very well be the worst everyday player in the majors, and actually giving up something of value in Danny Cortes, a hard-throwing pitching prospect with command and makeup issues, and Derrick Saito, who projects at least as a lefty specialist if the Mariners choose to push him up the ladder.

Betancourt does nothing well on a baseball field. He can't hit and has lost bat speed since reaching the majors. He hacks at everything he sees, and even swings at pitches thrown to other hitters. He has next to no range at short. And he never hustles on anything -- not balls hit in his direction, not ground balls he might have a chance to beat out (well, before he let himself go physically). Other than all that, he's Honus Wagner."


Edited by JFish26 (07/12/09 02:55 PM)

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#900478 - 07/12/09 04:15 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle [Re: JFish26]
jammahawk Offline
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Registered: 01/02/05
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I'll wait till he plays a game or two before I make any real judgements.
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#900479 - 07/12/09 04:17 PM Re: Royals get SS Yuniesky Betancourt from Seattle [Re: jammahawk]
Hawk1990 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Loc: Shawnee, KS
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I'll wait till he plays a game or two before I make any real judgements.




He's already played 588 major league games. One or two more won't change my opinion. Fish is right.

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