— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) July 18, 2013
While the swap of Teaford for Herrera makes perfect sense, the move to send Giavotella down and recall Getz is just plain confusing. It is totally possible that it is merely a precursor for a subsequent move to release Getz tomorrow when a decision is made to create a spot for the newly acquired Pedro Ciriaco. Utility man Ciriaco was claimed off waivers a few days ago but it out of options so he must be added to the active 25-man MLB roster. Update: Ciriaco has actually been assigned to AAA Omaha.
Regardless, if the intent is to roster Getz, or Ciriaco, or both, the moves are further proof the Royals have no real faith in Johnny Giavotella. During this latest call-up Giavotella played in just 10 games and received 38 plate appearances. This was not a real opportunity for Giavotella to prove himself – again. After watching Gio’s improved defense, he obviously has worked hard and deserves more of a shot than 10 games. Giovatella only hit .206 in this latest big league appearance. Getz won’t be the answer either.
Maybe this will be Ciraco’s roster spot. If the plan is to just release Chris Getz, it will certainly clear things up and make a bit more sense. If 38 plate appearances is all the Royals can spare for Johnny Giavotella, they might as well just release (or try and trade) him. The Royals decision makers obviously do not believe he is a major leaguer.
Hopefully, tomorrow the whole roster situation up will be cleared up..
UPDATE: Pedro Ciriaco has actually been assigned to AAA Omaha, which combined with the decision to recall Chris Getz, makes the whole situation even more nonsensical and confusing.