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Johnny Giavotella Traded to Angels

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Another infielder acquired to stop the post-Howie infield gap...

JOHNNY GIAVOTELLA
JOHNNY GIAVOTELLA
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The Royals traded their perennial backup 2B Johnny Giavotella to the Angels on Friday.

Did it cost the Angels a major league player? NO!

Did it cost the Angels a minor league prospect? Not Really.

The Royals waived Giavotella yesterday and the Angels claimed him. The Royals could have pulled him back but instead they worked out a deal. They traded him to the Halos for pitcher Brian Broderick.

Who is Brian Broderick? He was not with the team last year, nor in their minor leagues. He was not in any minor leagues. He played in independent ball last season and was signed just a few months ago out of the Mexican League on a minor league deal for 2015.

In other words, the Royals DFA'd the 27-year old infielder and when the Angels claimed him they did the Royals a courtesy of sending something, anything for him as a token of their appreciation.

Giavotella has only batted .238 in the majors but that is over 120+ games in parts of four seasons. He was never just given the job - he was on the minor league shuttle. He won't be given anything in Anaheim either. He played some 3B in the minors but his work in the bigs has been exclusively at 2B.

There is suddenly a logjam of B-List talent at the keystone in Anaheim. Grant Green is the heir apparent but Josh Rutledge and Taylor Featherston have been stockpiled there while Jerry Dipoto sings the praises of free agent Gordon Beckham. And to make it make it a six-man affair, Cuban emigre Roberto Baldoquin just passed his physical yesterday!