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July 20, 2011

Transaction Analysis Blog

The Betemit Trade: The KC Side

by Kevin Goldstein

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Kansas City Royals
Traded 3B-S Wilson Betemit to the Tigers for C-R Julio Rodriguez and LHP Antonio Cruz. [7/20]

There is a wonderful band from the Bay Area called Negativland. “Band” is probably not the right term here; they are more audio collage artists. Their most famous song (in our little underground world of indie strangeness) is called "U2," and consists of the melody from “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For” fronted by CB radio clips and profanity-ridden outtakes of Casey Kasem getting upset during a recording session of American Top 40. You can here the song here (warning: profanity occurs). One of the clips used has a frustrated Kasem exclaiming about U2 (while getting their land of origin wrong), “These guys are from England and who gives a s**t!” It's one of my favorite quotes in the history of recorded audio, and I adjust it to my needs often. For example, when hearing who the Royals had acquired from Detroit in return for Wilson Betemit, I immediately exclaimed to nobody, in my worst Kasem impression, “These guys are from the Dominican Republic and who gives a s**t!”

The Royals are doing the right thing by dumping players that are not going to be a part of future winning versions of the team, but the lesson here is not to expect much in return. Julio Rodriguez is nothing more than an organizational catcher with the ability to make contact while offering no power, no approach, and sub-standard receiving skills, although his arm is plus. He's the kind of player who might still be in the minors ten years from now, bouncing from organization to organization simply because he can play the position.

Antonio Cruz is the more interesting player, but only in comparison to Rodriguez. A short and skinny 19-year-old, Cruz offers above-average velocity from the left side and can flash a tight curveball at times, but he doesn't have a truly dependable out pitch to profile as anything beyond a seventh-inning reliever or left-handed specialist, as Midwest League lefties are hitting just .200/.280/.295 against him.

Nothing to see here, move along. It's just Wilson Betemit we're talking about.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Jeff Parker

The best part of the trade is Mike Aviles being called back up. Hopefully this means less Getz.

Jul 20, 2011 17:10 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I disagree. Hopefully Giovatella will means less Getz. Still baffled as to why he's in Omaha.

Jul 20, 2011 17:33 PM

Christianity is stupid. Communism is good!

Great reference, Kevin.

Jul 20, 2011 20:06 PM
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Surfer Rosa, Doolittle and Negativland's U2. Maybe I'm dreaming. Maybe this really is 1991. What does it mean that I can't decide if I want to wake up?

Jul 21, 2011 00:03 AM
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Eddie Bajek

KG, talking with Mark Anderson, he has done nothing but rave over Rodriguez's recieving skills for the last year plus. Interesting that you two have a different take.

Jul 21, 2011 04:50 AM
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That's what I've heard too. "Pitchers love throwing to him" was the quote.

Jul 21, 2011 09:13 AM
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This blog post is from MLB.com and who gives a sh*t!

Jul 21, 2011 08:00 AM
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The really funny thing about Kasem's remark being that U2 are from Eire.

Jul 21, 2011 09:06 AM
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John Carter

It sounds like Julio Rodriguez is actually a prospect - at least, more than "nothing". If the Royals can dump unnecessary salary and pick up a future LOOGy, that's a worthwhile deal.

Jul 21, 2011 09:50 AM
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If you sell something you don't need today for $9 that you quite possibly could have sold tomorrow for $12, that is not a worthwhile deal.

We'll know what the market really is by the end of it. By which time my guess is we'll see the Royals once again undersold. Can't you pick up a future LOOGy from anyone?

Jul 21, 2011 10:59 AM
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John Carter

Yeah, but it is also possible that something - such as Betemit getting hurt - could be worth $0 tomorrow.

Jul 21, 2011 13:21 PM
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Looking at Detroit's desperation at 3B (Inge is done) - I would tend to agree with the Richie post after reading Kevin's analysis.

Betemit in a job share with the struggling Moustakas for a couple more weeks would not have hurt.

Jul 22, 2011 03:53 AM
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That so-called "music" clip was one of the most worthless pieces of junk I've ever actually heard.

Jul 25, 2011 18:10 PM
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