GMDM Acquisition Grade Card

For fun I went down the current MLB roster and assigned a grade to all of the players he has acquired since he became GM.

Current Year:

  • Jose Guillen - B 785 OPS. He received a huge contract and stumbled badly out of the gate. For a solid month now he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Overall numbers, considering salary and bad OBP, probably warrant a C+ but his current hot streak earns him extra credit.
  • Miguel Olivo - A- 858 OPS. Received a modest contract to back-up Buck (according to Royals, not him). He's also seen significant time as a DH against lefties and has exceeded all expectations with his slugging and strong throwing arm. 
  • Alberto Callaspo - C- 688 OPS. I was probably most excited by this acquisition but with Grudz playing reasonably well he has not been given a fair shot. He has over a 350 OBP this year and this grade could rise given more playing time.
  • Ron Mahay - B+ 2.67 ERA. Has been every bit as excellent as expected. The only reason he doesn't receive an A is due to his high salary. To whom much is given much is expected.
  • Ramon Ramirez - A- 3.30 ERA. Has struggled a bit recently but overall he's a young strikeout machine who we gave up nothing for (i.e. DeLarosa).
  • Shake Yabuta - C+ 4.91 ERA. Started out awful but has posted a .77 era in his last 11 innings. Is crossing the threshold into B territory.
  • Brett Tomko - D+ 6.34 ERA. Tomko has been old and hittable for a long time now. The results don't match the stuff should be carved into his tombstone. Didn't like the deal at the time and it looks like a loser now. We'll see if a trip to the bullpen will bolster that ERA.
  • Hideo Nomo - F. Only pitched 4 innings but they were a memorable and predictable 4 innings.
  • 2008 draft - B+. Looking good depending on if we can sign everyone.

Previous year (performance numbers are for the current year only):

  • Brian Bannister (internet sensation, text buddy of JoePo, son of Floyd)- B 4.98 ERA. Stolen from the Mets for THE Ambrioxjfdjssd Burgos. Expectations have been tempered somewhat but still a major coup for the Royals.
  • Joakim Soria - A+ 1.61 ERA. Extra credit for GMDM getting him locked up and for Soria sporting an Abe Lincoln beard.
  • Gil Meche - C+ 5.54 ERA. The $55 million dollar man has struggled this year. Is it due to overuse last year or playing slightly over his head last year? Save for a great first six weeks last year he hasn't set the world on fire. To be determined.
  • John Bale - C- 7.63 ERA. Terrible this year with a temper tantrum to boot. Hurt most of last year but when healthy was reasonably effective out of the pen.
  • TPJ - F - 367 OPS. I will bite my tounge (or would I have to bite my fingers?) and hold my rant for another day.
  • Joey Gathright - C- 543 OPS. He's fast. In addition to being fast he's also... fast. He also seems better on defense this year. Extra credit for car/pitcher jumping is negated by the resurgence of J.P. Howell.
  • Ross Gload - D-. 569 OPS. Last year I would have given this a B- as we only gave up Sisco and he played OK. Then GMDM decided to lock him up to a two year extension. BOO.
  • 2007 draft - B. Light on hitting but strong on pitching. Looks solid so far.

Overall performance (drum roll) B. Nice job so far given where the organization was. It will take a few years yet to start reaping the rewards of better drafting.


This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.