Undoubtedly, the robust stable of Royals writers have covered these topics already today, but it seems almost too good to pass up even if today is the slowest baseball day of the year. In one day, we heard the following coming from KC:
(1) The Royals optioned Johnny Giovatella to AAA (Omaha)
Let’s examine each in turn.
(1) Johnny Giovatella turned 26 10 days ago (and because that was after 6/30, 2013 is still considered his age 25 season). The Royals called Giovatella up at the end of June, after the combination of Chris Getz (29), Miguel Tejada (39) and Elliott Johnson (29). The stud of the group, Miguel Tejada, has posted a 278/301/371 slash line, good for an adjusted OPS only 14% below average in 35 games. The youngsters hit 214/276/286 in 47 games (Getz) and 210/248/283 in 63 games (Johnson). Having promoted Giovatella, KC gave him 38 ABs over 10 games and now send him back to Omaha. Making a decision to demote him after 10 games is idiotic. Playing any of Getz/Tejada/Johnson over Giovatella is idiotic. Sending Giovatella down to AAA at age 25 in a season where only 3 AL teams have a worse record is idiotic. I can’t decide which part of this train wreck is the worst.
(2) “It’s an 8 to 10 year process”. Well, Dayton – no, it’s not. Here are the 2006 final standings. The Rays lost 101 games, and have been to the playoffs 3 times in the last 5 years. The Rangers went 80-82 and are possibly the league’s best franchise. The Pirates wen 67-95. The Nationals went 71-91. Baltimore went 70-92. The Reds and Giants finished under .500. Basically, every team that was bad in 2006 has been good since and most are good now – except the Royals. Here is a list of the records for all teams since 2006 — the Royals have the fewest wins in all of MLB over that period of time.
Ultimately, I guess I have to say that the Giovatella issue is dumber. Saying producing a playoff contender takes 8-10 years is merely a self-serving attempt to save his own skin, and doesn’t affect the team on the field. Demoting Giovatella in a lost season makes the Royals worse off both now and in 2014.