Ryan Verdugo appeared in just one game for the Kansas City Royals at the Major League level, and now the left-hander has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash.
According to the Royals official twitter account, Vedugo won’t get another shot with Kansas City.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 16, 2014
His one start for the Royals was memorable but for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, he made one start against the Seattle Mariners, lasting just 1.2 innings, surrendering 8 hits, 2 walks, and 6 runs. He struck out 2.
The Royals acquired Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants in November of 2012, along with Jonathan Sanchez, for Melky Cabrera. That trade isn’t a total loss because Moore flipped Sanchez for Jeremy Guthrie in the summer of 2012.
In 7 years of minor league ball, the 27-year old had a 3.57 ERA and a 1.294 WHIP. It is a wonder the Red Sox felt the need to trade anything for him. Too bad A.J. Pierzynski wasn’t involved in the deal.
There was always hope Verdugo could develop into a serviceable fifth starter or effective reliever. The Giants used him in relief in their minors and the Royals tried to make a starter out of him but he accumulated a very mediocre 4.20 ERA and 1.363 WHIP in AAA, where he started 44 of his 50 appearances.
There is still hope the Royals can trade for a bat to help the struggling offense. That is the biggest weakness of this team, and needs to be addressed if the Royals really want to be a contender and not a pretender.