Melky Cabrera was traded earlier today to the San Franciso Giants for left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and Double-A pitcher Ryan Verdugo. In 2010 Sanchez went 4-7 with a 4.26 era while being hindered all year with bicep tendinitis. The 28 year old Sanchez through for a no hitter in 2009 which was an error away from being a perfect game. Jonathan has a high strike out rate, but gives up too many walks. The trade ads some much needed depth to the Royals pitching rotation though.
Dayton Moore had this to say about Sanchez…
He’s a very dynamic left-handed pitcher,” Moore said. “His hit rates are very low, his strikeout rates are very high, his walks aren’t something we’re overly excited about, but at the same time he’s very young. He’s somebody our scouts feel is a breakout candidate moving forward into 2012.
The trade also opens up center field for hot talent Lorenzo Cain. Cain should be able to step in nicely and more than fill the void left by Melky. Lorenzo hit .312 with 16 homers and 81 rbi’s for Triple A Omaha. This was a great trade for Kansas City. This gives the Royals the much needed pitching depth and they traded Melky while his stock was probably as high as it was going to get. It’s nice to see the Royals are still improving our team via the Zack Greinke trade.