Friday, December 14, 2007

Rumor Mill or Rumor Mull? Royals Trade Buckner for Callaspo

Earlier today, as the Royals sent 24-year-old pitching prospect, Billy Buckner, to Arizona for 24-year-old second baseman Alberto Callaspo. As usual, I will discuss the ups and downs for both teams.
  1. Kansas City Royals: Buckner had some chances to show what he had in September. I personally was impressed by the way he pitched in his limited time. Buckner was one of the highest touted prospects in the Royals system last year. However, perhaps more importantly than losing Buckner, this opens up a trade of second baseman Mark Grudzielanek.
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks: I don't quite understand this from the D'backs' end. Sure Buckner has potential, but Callaspo will be quite good himself. I could see Callasp as a 20HR .320AVG 80RBI 30SB type player, and potential gold glover. The D'Backs could've acquired more for Callaspo, in my opinion. Tim Dierkes points out Callaspo's arrest in May.

As usual, Dayton Moore gets away the victor here!

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