So the Royals have claimed Tug Hulett off of waivers from Seattle. Hulett will turn 26 in a few days and has been a minor leaguer since 2004 in the Texas and Seattle systems. Hulett's combined minor league line is .283/.394/.408. He can play every infield position and received his first dosage of major league time last season with Seattle, with limited results and even more limited playing time...thanks to (you guessed it) on-base machine Willie Bloomquist, whom we have also acquired at a substantially higher salary.
Tug is a mercenary in the Battle for Grass Creek; here he disposed of former prospect/Royal/player Matt Tupman in a Spring Training game, displaying his, dare I say, grit. Let us hope he can be our Marquis de Lafayette (Gilbert du Motier of American Revolution fame) and permanently turn the tide of this battle.
Does anyone else find it ironic that we signed an "on-base guy" that really was not an on-base guy and got really pissed about it, only to then claim a much better hitter (a real on-base guy)/utility man off the waiver wire, from the same TEAM? These are the reasons you do not sign Willie Bloomquist, because, as many have said, every franchise should have at least a few of these guys still in their system. It turns out the Mariners had two, and we took both of them, overpaying for one in free agency, and hoodwinking (always wanted to use that word, kind of like pussywillow and poppycock) them for the other. As for Tug Hulett, I'm a fan. The Royals are rapidly acquiring some fun names (Tug Hulett, Coco Crisp, Kila Kila....(killing the baseball gonna work here)..hue, David DeJesus, the Mexicutioner, JR House, etc....). What does this mean? Look out Homer Bailey, Hunter Pence, Joba Chamberlain, Milton Bradley, Kenny Rogers, Kaisuke Fukudome, and others with equally fun-sounding names. We're coming for you!!!