GMDM's most recent move - HoRam for some light hitting speedster - chaps my rear-end. My ire is not directed towards the idea of moving HoRam when his stock has never been (and possibly never will be) higher, its directed at the return.
Throughout the entire existence of the Royals they/we have had a complete lack of power - see team single season homerun leader, Steve Balboni - 36 homers (Yuck).
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This team is going nowhere until a real power hitter or 2 . . . or 3 - god forbid, is entrenched in the middle of the lineup. One guy with power is not enough, which is something we haven't had since we briefly featured a lineup of Sweeney/Beltran/Dye.
As a matter of fact - not 1 American Leage playoff team has hit less than 140 team homeruns and had only one 20 + homerun hitter other than the 2007 Angels (123 and Vlad - 27 hrs) - but they had a 4.23 team ERA - and they were swept in the 1st round, since the 1995 New York Yankees (122 and Paul O'Neill - 22 hrs). Those Yanks were defeated in the 1st round by the Mariners. Marinate on that for a moment.
Not one American League team has reached the ALCS with less than 140 team homers since the 1991 Toronto Blue Jays (133). That was before the Wild Card!!!!
The last time the Royals had more than one player reach or breach the 20 homer plateau - 2002 - they had 140 team homeruns. Ibanez hit 24 homers, Sweeney hit 24 homers and Beltran hit 29 homers. The team ERA that year was 5.21!!
This team is going nowhere until, in addition to the quality of pitching being increased, the aggregate power is increased. Not one GMDM trade has brought any power to this team (Ryan Shealy doesn't count). Signing Olivo and Guillen was a nice stop-gap, but it is slightly disturbing that nothing else that GMDM has done has shown any organizational emphasis or care about adding power.
The moving of HoRam for yet another light hitting outfielder (the organization must now have 15 guys that fit this mold) leaves me scratching my head. If this new guy is the best HoRam could return, why make the move? There is no upside to this type of player for the Royals. Maybe teams like the Red Sox or Yankees could value a speed guy because the added spice of speed to their already powerful lineups could create a dynamic mix. The Royals are woefully lacking power. We have Gathright, Teahen, DeJesus, Maier, Costa, etc. Why add another outfielder with no power?
Besides - they don't make speedsters like they used to.