Royals Trade for Gathright
Yesterday the Royals traded J.P. Howell, LHP, to the D'Rays for OF Joey Gathright. Howell, a former high draft pick, had fallen out of fallen with the Royals after they rushed him prematurely to the majors and discovered his upside was probably of the Brian Anderson/Darrell May variety.
The speed merchant Gathright is one of the fastest men in the majors and willbe installed as the Royals starting CF with David DeJesus moving to LF. Emil Brown will take a much deserved place on the bench. I assume Kerry Robinson will be banished to baseball purgatory.
This move cost the Royals a pitching prospect of some value in exchange for a major upgrade to the OF defense and the overall team speed. Not a bad thing. Unfortunately, as a batsman Gathright is a sinking hole (sub .640 OPS). When he does manage to "steal" first he is a monster base runner.
Another upside is that Moore has mandated that this guy be the starting CF. Thus we will be spared the agony of 2005 when Buddy Bell thought playing Terence Long was a better idea than finding out if Matt Diaz had any value.
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