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July 2, 2014

Transaction Analysis

A Closer Swap with Thee

by R.J. Anderson


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Acquired RHP Jason Grilli from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Ernesto Frieri. [6/27]

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John Carter

Is Maxwell really that bad or is he a victim of small sample size and infrequent use? Perhaps, he just isn't good at infrequent use. They couldn't give him more of Jarrod Dyson's at bats? The right-handed batting Maxwell surely makes a better platoon partner for LHB Dyson than LHB Ibanez. I know Maxwell was abysmal against RHP so far, but as I note: SSS. Can a 42 year old (Ibanez) even cover an outfield spot adequately? Perhaps, the intention is to make him the DH against RHP instead of Butler. If that is the case, than that portion of the transaction will be a disaster.

No doubt it is arrogant of me to second guess a Major League organization, but KC is one of the last teams to come out of the dark ages - and I do have some credentials.

Jul 02, 2014 08:57 AM
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BrewersTT

No one could possibly be as bad as Maxwell's 2014 numbers, but KC might know something behind the performance. You'd think that if there was any chance he could recover enough to offer his usual modest power, they'd be eager to find a role for him.

Jul 02, 2014 13:57 PM
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ColKiner

Locally, he's known to have a reputation of believing he's as good as Gordon and the other regulars while never making that level of contribution. He's more a victim of the Royals inexplicable obsession of carrying 12 or 13 pitches on a staff that's near the top in Starters IP and had the best pen in the majors last year and are in that discussion again this season.

Jul 02, 2014 14:29 PM
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cnote66

I am a fan of Maxwell -- especially over Ibanez, good grief. Still, this is the 2nd time he was DFA'd and no other MLB has claimed him. Sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire...

Jul 02, 2014 15:12 PM
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sldetckl16

Personally think Tony Watson's dominating emergence as an injury/back-up closer to Melancon allowed the Pirates to gamble on the contract control and potential of Fieri while unloading a recently stale Grilled Cheese. (apologies)

Jul 02, 2014 19:14 PM
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