The Mike Jacobs deal has some pluses and minuses.
- They only gave up Nunez. I like Nunez, don't get me wrong, but he will ALWAYS get injured. Leo is a poster child for max effort and bad mechanics. Also Dayton seems, in his short history, to be able to sign good relievers. It seems to be a strength of his.
- Mike Jacobs hit 32 Home Runs. Power hitting is non existent here, and FLA is not an easy place to hit them. He is also a classic late bloomer. He should do well for about 3 years before tailing off as long as his average does not continue it's dive. He should be more productive in KC.
- It Probably means the end of Ross Gload, or at least his relegation to 25th man. Ross hasn't nearly enough production for his position(s).
- It might allow Billy Butler to spend an entire year in Omaha, hopefully developing as a hitter, learning to field, and staying away from the major league post game spread.
- We now have 3 late blooming, somewhat power hitting first basemen who can't play the outfield. How do we find out about Shealy or Kaaihue? One of these 3 should DH, but this could really retard the growth of Kila who is younger and shows much potential. Ideally, they should use Shealy's September to see what they could get in return for him.
- Mike does not like to walk. He will fit right in here in KC. It is a shame that the Royals do not seem to recognize the potential of Kaaihue and his walks. It May take a disaster of sorts (injuries, bad performances) for him to get his shot. (Like Aviles)
- With this logjam, the Royals will have every opportunity to get rid of the wrong guy, or keep the wrong guy in the Minors.