Most of you in the Royals Review community would agree that the ideal situation for right fielder Jeff Francoeur with the Royals would be to find him a platoon partner for right handed pitchers. If the Royals wanted to do this they would have to acquire someone via trade. I know it's April, and a little early for trade talks, but the ideal target for the RF platoon just might be former Royals fan favorite David Dejesus. Dejesus' career splits show that he is significantly better vs. RHP (.292/.367/.450) when compared to LHP (.255/.324/.345), and difference in those splits has become even more staggering in recent years:
2011 vs RHP: .265/.357/.430
2012 vs RHP: .289/.365/.461
2011 vs. LHP: .174/.227/.231
2012 vs. LHP: .149/.289/.149
Those numbers scream platoon as far as I'm concerned. So let's say the Royals are still in contention a few months from now. Wouldn't it be wise for the Royals to try and make a Dejesus trade happen with the Cubs. Particularly if the Cubs are out of contention. They have a major league ready top CF prospect waiting for a roster spot in AAA in Brett Jackson, so wouldn't they be looking to shop Dejesus anyway? What do you think it would take to get the Cubs to pull the trigger? Some mid level, major league ready prospects like Will Smith + Louis Coleman maybe? Or maybe some more impressive prospects in the lower levels like John Lamb or Sam Selman? Certainly they wouldn't expect someone like Zimmer for half a year of Dejesus, right?
If the Royals compete in 2013, wouldn't it be awesome if David Dejesus got to come back and be part of a playoff push here in Kansas City. I sure as hell think it would