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The Kouz+ A Trade = Cheap Upgrade?


MLB.TradeRumors threw up the old "Non tender candidate?" question and it got me thinking, why not trade Napoli and some more youth (or Matt Palmer) to the Royals for David DeJesus? He and Naps'll make around the same $$$ but the Royals really need a catcher and power and pitching till all their prospects come up.

Then sign the Kouz for a few million and go after Will Ohman or Scott Downs in the pen?

 

My logic is we'll get younger, better defensively, and well rounded in the OF with The Jesus out there in LF. Abreu can DH, quit aching, and maybe improve his hitting a little. I actually think Wilson may not be a terrible hitter (at least not Mathis bad, but won't have Nap's power) but he'll catch well and Conger can catch every few games too till he clicks... then he'll be a big upgrade. Kouz will be 30, will be a huge offensive upgrade (again from next to nothing, he's no Contract Year Beltre, but he's an upgrade) and he can field. Kendrick and Aybar manage even slight OBP improvements, Kendry's back, and while we may not be the Yankees, we'll be improved, move around the bases OK, etc.

It's the kind of line up that can win games with pitchers named Weaver, Haren, Santana, Piniero, Kohn, Walden, Ohman, Downs throwing the ball... and maybe Rodney/Jep/Thompson will end up being effective too.  With some of the cuts I'm sure we'll be making, we can afford Kouz/a lefty reliever, and I think it would be a marked improvement.

 

Of course, the Royals and A'ss need to go along with my scheme....

 

What do you think of my modest dreams?

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