It is time to trade Grudzielanek. I don’t care what we get for him, but it is time for him to move on. While I understand he is a veteran presence in the clubhouse, he is getting in the way of the success of this organization.
There are three guys right now who ought to be getting at-bats: Alberto Callaspo, Mike Aviles and Esteban German.
Callaspo is not getting at-bats because it is felt he is not a full-time shortstop. But, at the moment, he leads the team on OBP (.400 in 50 PA) and has two fewer hits than Pena in 52 fewer at-bats.
Aviles is hitting .355 (.364 in last 10 games), 6 HR, 29 RBI, 16 doubles, 6 triples and an OBP of .388. Aviles is not on the 40-man roster, which means some maneuvering would be necessary (like trading Grudz for a prospect).
I understand that when German played almost every day last season, he only hit .264. What is ignored is that he was tied for second on the team in OBP (.351 in 405 PA). The guy gets on base, which is critical in scoring runs. German has 22 scattered plate appearances this season.
Callaspo and Aviles are the future of this team and the 2008 version of the Royals are not going anywhere this season. Why not find out what you have in these two guys so that we know what we have? Maybe we find out we have a surplus and we can trade something for pitching? Maybe we find out we have nothing so we can look to add depth? Maybe we’ll find out that when people are on base, it is easier to score runs? I don’t know what the loss is in this situation. It’s time for Grudz to go now.
Good News: Mike Moustakas looks like he’s starting to get into a grove. After starting the season with a .181 BA (16 for 88), 1 HR and 4 runs batted in and no doubles. But since May 3, Moustakas is batting .360 (9 for 25), 3 HR, 5 RBI, two doubles and stolen two bases. It’s obviously not a large sample size, but it is a hell of a lot better than what he was doing. Here’s to his continued success.