Aoki Acquired Now What
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After the trade today does this mean that the Carlos Beltran deal is now done?
Hardly, this should mean that the Royals are looking at the Beltran deal with realism, something that they should be doing. ¬†Face it Beltran is going to be 37 years old and can’t be counted on in RF and the Royals needed to supplement some kind of offense from the outfield if they were going to trade Butler, Aoki does that. ¬†No he doesn’t provide power but he does it with a solid on base average at .355 in his first two seasons in the league.
What could be next?
If the Royals do ink Beltran then a trade of Butler is much more pleasing to me as the Royals will now have a spot for Beltran to reside on the regular with the DH open. ¬†If the Mariners sign Robinson Cano then Nick Franklin is a luxury that they can afford to get rid of and adding Billy at that DH spot helps Seattle lengthen that lineup.
A Royals lineup then could look like this:
This would be one of the better on base lineups the Royals have put together in quite a while and Franklin has enough offensive upside to move up to the 2 spot later in the season and mitigate the loss of Butler’s bat. ¬†The addition of Aoki gives the outfield some flexibility as he can move over to CF during Cain injury stints or interleague games with Beltran playing RF. ¬†I wouldn’t want to do that during a Vargas or Guthrie start as I doubt Aoki can flag it down in center quite the way Cain can but I’m sure the Royals see things differently than I do.
If the Royals can’t trade Butler or sign Beltran then Aoki still strengthens the lineup in the same way that Dexter Fowler would have.
This appears to be a much stronger lineup than last years version with a probable bounceback campaign by Billy and hopefully a full season of Hosmer hitting.
The loss of Will Smith in the bullpen can be replaced by the Royals with Donnie Joseph or Chris Dwyer, who had a nice 2013 rebound. ¬†The Royals also have more talented young starters that aren’t far away in Kyle Zimmer and Jason Adam who should be able to outperform Smith as a major league starter. ¬†The Royals brass probably like the option of Wade Davis as a starter more than Will and while I disagree with that assertion they have $4.8M reasons to tell ownership that.
Is this move a World Series winner? ¬†No, acquiring a light hitting outfielder on a one year deal does not make a World Series out of a club but the Royals are better at the top of the lineup and have likely stabilized a RF situation that was somewhat unsure. ¬†Anytime a team can turn a reliever (lefty at that) for a starter, even on a one year deal, then they should and that is what Dayton did here. ¬†Kudos to GMDM.
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