KANSAS CITY — Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto. The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Cueto, 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA, could help shore up a rotation which has wobbled much of the season through injuries and ineffectiveness. Last week, the Royals lost left-handed starter Jason Vargas for the season due to an elbow injury.
Wellllllllll, I actually don’t hate this. I think we definitely need more pitchers, more top tier pitchers. I have a lot of mixed emotions about this so, why don’t I just list out a few bullet points of why this makes sense.
#1- We have no lefties, so we just got 3. I’m thinking add 1 or 2 of them to the rotation, develop 1 into a bullpen guy. Our #1 weakness is bullpen.
#2-We were never going to be able to sign Cueto, and I think we got his best years.
#3-We have so many pitching prospects, that we can use as trade chips in the off season.
#4- Their ages are 22, 22, 25, and one of the 22 yr olds (Brandon Finnegan) is ready to start this season to see what he has. Fastball, change-up, low to mid 90s Velo. I just watched a little tape, has an total CJ Wilson look and feel, with his delivery and stuff. And the kicker is, he has Postseason experience… not a lot, but some! See 1:50 below:
The whole “what about bats? What about hitters? What about defensive players?” >>>
I think we only need maybe 1-3 legit soon to debut prospects to put into the system. Which I think we might be able to get from chapman, leake, bruce trades if we make them. But to be honest I haven’t thought that our offense has been the issue. The big problem was Bullpen and maybe a little inconsistency with the starting rotation. You just need to add maybe 1 bat and get healthy. Let’s take a look at prospective 2016 lineup and where we need an upgrade:
LF–Marlon Byrd*/ Prospects
RF- Jay Bruce* (hopefully he gets traded)
3B- Todd Frazier*
SS-Eugenio Suarez* (if he cleans up the errors also he could be a 2nd Base prospect if BP ends up moving) or Cozart
2B- Brandon Phillips*
1B- Joseph D Votto*
C- Mesoraco/barnahart/pena (hopefully mesoraco 90%)
So our biggest question marks for me are LF, RF, Catcher, and SS. And if we can get some more healthy competition and maybe some leadership this team can get it together really quickly.
I’m really gonna miss Johnny.