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Batters the Royals could have had.

Posted on: June 4, 2009 10:11 pm
Ok, I haven't been on here too much lately, but don't think for a second that I haven't been keeping tabs on my favorite team.  I check in every once in a while to see what everyone's talking about, just don't have too much time to contribute to the conversations.  Anywho, I wanted to put together a list of hitters the Royals were rumored to have interest in last offseason and see how they're doing so far this year.  Let's get to it.

Orlando Hudson - .329 BA, .410 OBP, 3 HR, 32 RBI, 17 doubles, 4 SB.  Hudson has been lighting it up for the Dodgers.  From what I remember he's been hitting in the three spot and thriving.  Would have been a great signing for the Royals and their desperately needed offense.

Rafael Furcal - .244 BA, .308 OBP, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 8 doubles, 3 SB.  He hasn't exactly been lighting the world on fire, but he's definitely been doing better than Mike Aviles has this year.  Also, he hasn't had any severe back problems yet, which was a major concern going into the year.

Raul Ibanez - .337 BA, .395 OBP, 19 HR, 52 RBI, 13 doubles, 4 SB.  Ok, we all know he's been tearing the cover off the ball.  Obviously would have been a great signing.  And with the way Jose Guillen's been looking in the outfield, he'd be an upgrade there too.  Who woulda thought?

Juan Rivera - .301 BA, .341 OBP, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 8 doubles, 0 SB.  This would have been a great signing as far as I'm concerned.  Not too expensive and has plenty of potential.  The Angels have a crowded outfield, so he'd be getting alot more AB's in a Royals uniform.

Orlando Cabrera - .225 BA, .276 OBP, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 7 doubles, 1 SB.  He's obviously having a subpar year, so this one isn't hurting too much, but I'm guessing he's going to turn it around and he's not too expensive.

Milton Bradley - .220 BA, .338 OBP, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 3 doubles, 0 SB.  He's struggling so far and who knows if he's going to get it back.  If he doesn't, then he's just another Jose Guillen that we got lucky by not signing.

Adam Dunn - .263 BA, .392 OBP, 16 HR, 42 RBI, 7 doubles, 0 SB.  Another typical year for Dunn.  He'll have 40+ homeruns and have an OBP around .400 and be a pretty good signing, although it's on a horrible team.

Pat Burrell - .250 BA, .349 OBP, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 4 doubles, 1 SB.  This was a signing that alot of people wanted to see.  Well, so far he hasn't produced, but he's been hurt for part of the season.  Will probably be good in the second half is my guess.

There were obviously some instances where this offense could have had some very good help.  Ibanez, Hudson, Dunn and Rivera have been good to great so far.  I always have to keep in mind that with the season that Dunn's having, the Nationals still can't win a game so how much is one guy going to help this offense really?  Maybe an extra run a week?  Maybe two?  We're going to need more than that to get some W's.

If I'm missing someone, feel free to let me know.  I'm half asleep so the memory is a little foggy.

I'll be back before too long to take a look at the pitchers.
Category: MLB

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2009 1:29 pm

Batters the Royals could have had.

I liked Hudson a lot also, the asking price at first was really high on him early then fell off. By that time I think he was only going to play for a team that would "compete" and I don't think his agent or he believed the Royals were going to.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2009 4:37 pm

Batters the Royals could have had.

The only guy I really really wanted was Orlando Hudson.   I was kind of discounting Raul Ibanez due to his age of 37 and dayum, he's having a career year.   Of course if Raul was here he wouldn't have the likes of an Utley, a Howard or a Victorino to have his back. 

I know we discussed our skepticism of the trade for Mike Jacobs because of all the first basemen we already had both on the team and in the high minors.  I still feel that way.   I wish we would have either ignored that trade or went after a different Marlin like Hermida or Uggla.   I'd much rather have Kila up here.  He may not hit as many homers as Jacobs, but I'm sure he could hit for a higher average and he'll walk a ton....not to mention, we'ld have saved $3 Million by trusting Kila.   It actually pains my eyes to watch Jacobs bat sometimes.   He wants to yank the ball into the right field bleachers so bad that he'll swing at pitches that nearly hit him and he won't just meet the ball on outside pitches.  The dude is as strong as a bull, if he'ld just go with those outside corner pitches like Teahen and DeJesus do, he'ld have 15 homers by now.     

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