Since April, we have been talking about the idea of the Royals trading for Giancarlo Stanton. It has been talked about at times by the local – and national media – so, it is, at least, somewhat of a “trade rumor.”
Now, we bring you another.
So ESPN’s, and former Nationals GM, Jim Bowden wrote a column today called penned a column at ESPN.com titled “Five blockbuster trades I’d like to see. So, I guess it isn’t even really a trade rumor, but…
Bowden’s proposed deal was: 2B Johnny Giavotella and minor leaguers OF Bubba Starling, SS Orlando Calxite, C Sam Gallagher and P’s Jason Adam and Sam Selman for Astros 2B Jose Altuve (an All-Star last year), OF/1B Chris Carter and starting pitcher Bud Norris.
Now, lets pretend this was a real potential trade.
DO IT NOW.
Gio would likely be the second baseman – at least until Delino DeShields, Jr. were ready in a few years – but there is no other guy (they were all Top 20 Royals prospects before the season started) that will be missed in that group. Sure, one or two of these guys my make it, but they certainly won’t be impact guys. Giavotella had a good year in the minors this year, but still underperformed his career numbers in the minors, where he is/was a .305-career hitter. Calxite is having a semi-good year (.269/.319/.397) with 5 HR, 23 RBI and 18 2B – well above his career slash of .248/.303/.378) The supposed smooth-fielder, has been brutal in the field so far in his career (46 errors in 2012 and 12 this year, including 2 at 3B, where he has played 11 times); as is Selman (7-6, 4.01 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, but with a brutal 6.3 BB/9 in 17 starts – 74 IP). Everyone else really has been gruesomely awful, with Gallagher slashing .243/.299/.383 (which is still better than his career so far, although he has played just 97 games) and Starling hitting just .218 with 8 HR and 40 RBI (and 86 K) in 76 games (although he does have 18 HR in 130 career games). Adam, a once promising prospect, is allowing nearly seven runs per nine innings and sports a 3-9 record with a 5.76 ERA and below career norms in EVERYTHING outside of K/9 (7.8 this year).
In return? Second baseman Jose Altuve, 1B/OF Chris Carter and starting pitcher Bud Norris.
In Altuve, the Royals would get the answer at second base and a No. 2 hitter they need since manager Ned Yost refuses to put Butler (who would be a GREAT No. 2 hitter), Hosmer or Perez there and refuses to take Escobar out of there. The 23-year-old would have four more controllable years after 2013 and is a high-average (.285 career hitter in 289 games) with great speed (61/80 SB) who sports the average season of .285/.326/.379 with 7 HR, 43 RBI, 80 runs, 33 doubles, 3 triples and 33 SB. Yes, please. Carter, who has long been projected as a high-strikeout, low-average guy with light-tower power, has been pretty much that for his career, but despite his MLB-leading 122 strikeouts and .229 average, has a .446 SLUG and 18 HR with 47 RBI. Now, with the Royals, he would probably be in some sort of platoon with David Lough in right, but nonetheless, his power would be a great addition to the roster, and another bat in the lineup – especially against left-handed pitching, where the Royals struggle the most. In his career, Carter has mashed 37 HR in 616 AB – roughly, near a season’s worth – but with a grotesque 248 K. Norris would be able to pitch in the rotation right away – whether it be in Davis’ spot or the spot currently claimed by Bruce Chen, and would certainly be a boost to the rotation when the Royals would more-than-likely lose Ervin Santana in free agency. The 28-year-old right-handed pitcher has two more full seasons left before free agency, strikes out almost a batter an inning in his career with a 4.29 career ERA.
Now, the Astros, who are looking to sell anything and everything, would be looking for a ton of guys to stockpile in their system, would still be clinically insane to make this deal. Now, all we need to do is get Bowden, and whatever funny drug he is on, to steal the GM seat in Houston and pull the trigger on this deal.
This is very unlikely to happen, and I likely just wasted an hour of my life writing this, but it sure is fun to wonder.