GiantsFan14 wrote:is there a worse run franchise in all of sports than the royals?
It depends on if Tony Pena Jr still gets ABs after Betancourt is through with his rehab.
Cortes would probably have been the 5th or 6th best pitching prospect going into next season for the Royals. Trading him really isn't all that big a deal and chances are he will never be a ML starter but might find his way into a bullpen as a MR within the next year or so if he can find a way past all his recent injury problems.
Obviously for most Royals fans isn't so much what they gave up, but what they got in return. Pretty much anything is an upgrade from Pena at the plate or Bloomquist in the field but Betancourt is a worrying because it is starting to be a trend for the type of players Moore is accumulating. Not a very good fielder and very subpar OBP. Simply being slightly better than All-Time awful isn't the way to go.
The Royals are not going to going to be able to sign any stud free agent position players so in order to get those types of players into the lineup it is going to have to come from the draft and development. That is where Moore is going to make it or break it with this franchise and so far he has done a very good job of rebuilding the farm system. The problem is that he keeps getting these "fill-in" type players and blocking the very prospects (Bianchi in this case) that are going to have to be the lifeblood of the team.