Kansas City Royals shortstop Christian Colon - Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals: Old and Young

The Kansas City Royals won 10 in a row. Now, they’ve won three of their last 10.

The inconsistency is not limited to the players on the field. The Royals have made a couple additions to the squad. They have added an old friend to the roster and they have added a fresh, young face to the roster.

In what could only be termed as a curious move, the Royals front office decided to add Raul Ibanez to their current mix of oil and water. What in the world could this move possibly do to help the Royals win baseball games?

Ibanez is 138 years old.  He’s never won a World Series, so you can’t possibly be signing him for his veteran “leadership” or “experience.” His batting average is .157 this season.  His slugging percentage is .265 this season.

“Our bench is something that we’ve been trying to address,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “Raul obviously can fit there. He can play left field. He can play right field.”

He can?

Dayton’s first baseman is hitting .246. His third baseman is hitting .176. But I think addressing the bench is definitely a good place to start.

Along with the Ibanez transaction, the Royals have also recalled Christian Colon. Colon can play 2B, 3B and SS. Guys getting on base is what the Royals need. Though Colon will not likely provide a boost in the power category, he should be a guy that gets on base.

With Pedro Ciriaco and Justin Maxwell being designated for assignment, the Royals are at least appearing to be active. Not every move needs to be a blockbuster deal. The Ibanez acquisition is puzzling at best, but when taking both moves into account the Royals have improved ever so slightly.

Ciriaco and Maxwell were always just stop gaps. As bizarre as the Ibanez signing is, he’s a left-handed bat that might be able to run into a HR now and then. After 210 games at the AAA level, it was time to see what the 25-year old Colon can do at the big league level. Here’s hoping he can be better than the current situation at third base.

All in all, the young and old additions made by the Royals are small changes to what is sure to be an extremely fluid roster between now and the July 31st trade deadline.

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  • unclejesse40

    Is GMDM so bold as to demote Moose and Hosmer and replace them with Butler at first, Ibanez DH and Colon/Valencia at 3rd? At least send them down to get their heads on right. They need to stop swinging at everything out of the strike zone. I know its a crazy thought but I would be for it at least for 3-4 weeks. I also think that Crow needs to be sent to the minors to work on stretching his arm back out and work on starting again. We have enough pieces in the bullpen and next year and beyond we are going to need more starting pitching depth. Crow as a number 5 starting pitcher has more value than a 6 and/or 7th inning guy.

    • cardsfanatik

      What would be funnier than hell, is if he DID demote them, and KC started winning more consistently without them. The problem is, we’re winning BECAUSE of other teams prospects, not our own. With the exception of a few pitchers that is. Salvy was a signing, not a draft pick. Moose and Hosmer have been sucking hind tit. Cain, Escobar have been awesome. But you can credit Milwaukee for them. I guess my point is, IF Moustakas, Hosmer, and Billy Butler were hitting ANYWHERE NEAR what they should, or supposed to, can you imagine where this team would be right now? It is in fact time to shake things up. I don’t really even care how they do it.