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Postby Dannomyte » Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:53 pm

The Kansas City Royals have traded left-handed pitcher J.P. Howell to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for center fielder Joey Gathright, ESPN.com has learned.

The Rays also sent minor league second baseman Fernando Cortez to the Royals in that deal. Cortez, 24, appeared in eight games for Tampa Bay last year, going 1-for-13. For Triple-A Durham in 2006, he was hitting .222 with a .265 on-base percentage and a .271 slugging percentage in 203 at bats.

Howell has spent the 2006 season with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, where he was 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA, 33 strikeouts, and 14 walks allowed in 36 innings. He also missed several weeks with shoulder soreness. Howell made 15 starts for Kansas City last year, going 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA, and was originally selected by the Royals with the first pick in the supplemental round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Gathright was sent down to Triple-A by Tampa Bay after hitting .201 with a .305 on-base percentage and .240 slugging percentage in 154 at bats while filling in for the injured Rocco Baldelli. He made his major league debut in 2004 and was originally drafted by the Devil Rays in the 32nd round of the 2001 amateur draft.

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Postby SwisherSweet » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:28 pm

I own Gathright in a dynasty league...This move doesn't excite me....anyone have a take on it?
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Postby alwaysnextyear » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:31 pm

The guy has amazing speed, however, he is hardly on base. I'm not so sure that things will change in Kansas city. Seems to me like he fits right in there.
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Postby eftda » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:29 pm

Any word if he will start in the Majors or not?
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:40 pm

He is at AAA right now but I think that's just bookkeeping. They'll have him up and starting soon.
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Postby kid sox » Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:28 pm

SwisherSweet wrote:I own Gathright in a dynasty league...This move doesn't excite me....anyone have a take on it?


I have to wonder if this might be a prelude to KC unloading Sanders.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:33 pm

kid sox wrote:
SwisherSweet wrote:I own Gathright in a dynasty league...This move doesn't excite me....anyone have a take on it?


I have to wonder if this might be a prelude to KC unloading Sanders.


That would certainly make sense...I'm not sure what they could get that would address their needs. Their GM said there would be no firesale...that they're looking for guys that can help them win in 2006 and 2007. Not sure what need they can address by moving any of their mid-tier vet's with the premium out there on pitching. I don't really have the baseball mind necessary to fix everything wrong with KC though...then again I'm not sure if anyone does. !+)
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Postby ivanhack » Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:07 pm

I think if you need steals, you might as well give him a shot.
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Postby KDOGG » Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:10 pm

uggh I was soo looking forward to the day gathright got traded as I too have him in a dynasty keeper but it's bittersweet now that he's a Royal. I think they will keep him in AAA until Sanders is dealt and then bring him up.
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Postby checkers » Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:24 pm

The Associated Press reports newly acquired Kansas City Royals OF Joey Gathright could be in the lineup in center field as soon as Wednesday, June 21.
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