Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Moving Things Around: The Alberto Callaspo Edition

In a season that can most aptly be described as a hatefucking of the fans, it would seem that now might be the time to blow this team up.

Not like Dayton Moore said was going to happen after the disappointment of last season, either.

No, what needs to happen is some actual self-realization as to where this team has fallen short.

In a season marked with empty apologies while shirking the onus of blame, GMDM, SABRTrey, & Co. need to take off their rose-colored glasses and see how they can rid themselves of the disease that is this current roster make-up.

While it is easy to say that nearly every player on the roster should be traded outside of Greinke, Soria, Butler, and Gordon, getting another team to take on that "talent" would be nearly impossible. After all, this team has become the worst team in baseball largely because it is comprised of substandard Major League players at nearly every position.

As Sam Mellinger elucidated here, gains could stand to be made defensively.

Defensively, the roster is one black hole after another. The entire starting infield is simply atrocious and has only gotten worse with the foolish addition of Yuniesky Betancourt.

In the outfield, the Royals have David DeJesus in left as the only player with a positive UZR/150 at the position he is manning while exhibiting that he is even remotely capable of hitting at the Major League level. Hitting ability notwithstanding, recent acquisition Josh Anderson has only proven able to play left field capably in the bigs. Mitch Maier can capably roam center but seems to be a AAAA-hitter at best.

Without exploring extra-club options defensively, it would seem that the Royals could potentially improve their defense slightly from within.

It is well documented that Alberto Callaspo is cement-footed and iron-gloved.

At second base.

While he may not be a particularly good hitter (contrary to Dayton Moore's assertions suggesting otherwise), Willie Bloomquist is by nearly every measure a good defensive second baseman.

With new liability Yuniesky Betancourt missing balls in every direction, it would seem that this team can no longer afford to have the limited glove of Alberto Callaspo standing at second.

Since the season is already well past lost, why not try Alberto Callaspo out in right field?

If there is one thing Bert has proven, it is that he is not a second baseman. If there is a second thing Bert has proven, it is that his bat could play at virtually any position on this team.

Any concern for displacement of Mark Teahen can be alleviated by the fact that he can simply be shifted, well, anywhere.

It would seem as though Jeff Bianchi is roughly a year away from being able to take on the role of starting middle infielder. Unless Callaspo leaves town between now and then, the track record of the Royals brass points toward Betancourt and his contract being cemented (figuratively in two different ways) at short.

Moving Callaspo out of one of the most important defensive positions on the field and replacing him with a capable glove from in-house cannot hurt things can it?

2 comments:

Ron Rollins said...

I'm absolutely against the idea of Callaspo playing 3rd, but the OF thing intrigues me. I would think LF more so than RF, but I think you're on to something.

I haven't heard this discussed anywhere before, but I think this solves an OF problem and an IF problem at the same time, while keeping his bat.

Good outside the box thinking.

Old Man Duggan said...

Unfortunately, this outside the box thinking is probably just wasted energy. I really shouldn't devote any time to this time.