Farnsworth sucks, sucked, and is overpaid. Anyone who follows the Royals gets it and has said to their friends, family, pets, and dead relatives. But what pisses me off the most is that we had/have the same player. In fact, a younger, better version just rotting without being used. That man: Robinson Tejeda.
Robinson Tejeda, much like Farnsworth, came up as a touted prospect. He had a blazing fastball, a bad attitude, and decent secondary pitches. While Farnsworth made his reputation in a big media market, Chicago, Tejeda was a young starter in Philadelphia.
Tejeda's career had a bright start. In 13 starts with the Phillies in 2005, he had a sparkling 3.57 ERA, with 72 k's and only 67 hits in 85.2 innings. The following offseason he was traded to the place where pitchers die. He followed his impressive rookie campaign with a less impressive 4.28 ERA in 14 starts the following season, albeit in a pitcher's version of hell...TEXAS. However, his stuff always overshadowed his results. To some, probably even a new GM named Dayton Moore, Tejeda's stuff screamed dominant reliever.
Tejeda struggled mightily, on a Horacio Ramirez level, in 2007 as a starter for Texas. He posted a 6.61 ERA in 19 starts for the Rangers. Obviously, he had to rediscover himself and find a niche. In 2008, Tejeda made 4 relief appearances for the Rangers, posting an unimpressive 9.00 ERA in 6 innings pitched. At which time, Dayton Moore claimed him off of waivers, surely banking on Tejeda's potential, and hoping that Texas played a large role in his terrible performance, with his still-blazing fastball and strikeout potential.
As has often happened with Dayton Moore and bullpen acquisitions, this one worked. Tejeda posted a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 innings in 25 appearances for the 2008 Royals. He struck out more than a batter an inning and limited his walks for the first time since his rookie season. Tejeda was a power arm in a stacked bullpen, although he was rarely used in leverage situations.
My question, why not then? More importantly, why not now? 7 k's in 3.2 innings this year (although 3 bb isn't good) is fantastic. This guy is a big arm that can go several innings for the bullpen. He is young (27). As far as the fastball and power, he is as good as Farnsworth...as far as effectiveness, he has been better in the time he has been with the Royals. He does NOT allow a homer for every 4 innings he pitches (a more normal 1 for every 8.5 innings pitched...approximately). It has been an interesting ride for Tejeda; now it's time to put him to use and forget about the overpaid moron losing a majority of our games.
As for Trey's management style, see Fernando Vina's (what the FUCK, did I just say Fernando Vina?-Matt Vasgersian for those who haven't seen the error in MLB Network yet Vasgersian blooper) summation of it...I agree with all of it except for the assertion that inserting TPJ was ever a tolerable decision.
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