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Is Dayton Moore determined to make our middle infield worse?

In an offseason that started with fantastic rumors of the Royals' interest in Rafael Furcal, somehow we are now left trying to decide between Jerry Hairston, David Eckstein, and Willie Bloomquist.

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Eckstein, right, knows this shot cannot be more than a single...and is confused...

 

For starters:

Rafael Furcal career line: .286/.352/.412,

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162 game averages of 12 homers, 59 rbi, and 36 sb

Ok, I get that we could not afford Rafael Furcal, but does that explain why we abandoned all fiscal responsibility in search of relief pitching and pitching "depth" by signing Farnsworth and HoRam? (Roughly 7/8 of what Pat Burrell, .257/.367/.485, would have cost...)  No, but something more sinister may be afoot here.  Dayton Moore was the man that finally had to pull the trigger and rid us of Angel Berroa, but he did so only to our team's detriment, somehow actually finding a worse shortstop in TPJ!!! 

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Manny joking with Satan about how much money Dayton Moore could pay him if he were just a crappy middle infielder...

So now that Furcal has signed and we have pitching 'depth', we are out of money.  This means any decent free agent, at most positions, is out of our spending range.  But MLBTR has reported that free agents Jerry Hairston Jr., David Eckstein, and Willie Bloomquist are on our radar as potential 'help' for our middle infield. (RoyalsRetro had the fanshot for this)  REALLY??? I'm not sure what kind of help that would be, but I do know that any of those options is worse than Aviles/Callaspo up the middle.  Dayton finally found two guys who can hit a little, and he is not satisfied and wants more crappy infielders.  This can only mean there is some conspiracy to make our middle infield awful in the name of DEFENSE.  The problem is David Eckstein throws like a middle schooler and is 5'8 on a good day, eliminating any defensive advantage (range+arm)he has on Aviles (nevermind Aviles' stellar defensive metric ratings).  Jerry Hairston is the baseball equivalent of James Posey; he might make you better but you really don't need to find out and it might be more expensive to do that anyway.  As for Willie Bloomquist, he's the utility equivalent of Ross Gload.  This is too frustrating.  It's as if Allard Baird were somehow involved.  But no, it is all too obvious that Dayton Moore is determined to make our middle infield worse...

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Carl is next on Dayton's shortstop shopping list...and he at least deserves a head groundskeeper's 4 million/year contract...

 

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