According the the Royals press release on their MLB.com page, Kansas City received some cash back for Jimmy Paredes – the proverbial bucket of balls equivalent.
Paredes, who was designated for assignment last week when the Royals added Jason Frasor to the roster, barely played for the Royals in his time with the organization. He appeared in 9 games, and had 10 at bats, with 2 singles. He also stole two bases for the Royals.
Last week, Kansas City sent Ryan Verdugo to the Boston Red Sox for cash. So don’t get too excited that the Royals are stockpiling some cash for a big move. Neither Paredes or Verdugo could have brought in much.
Both Paredes and Verdugo are nothing more than spare parts, organizational depth. They may be able to cover for injuries with their new teams, but neither has much of a future as an every day player.
Paredes, who is just 25, only has 406 plate appearances over parts of 4 seasons with the Royals and Houston Astros.
Fans are still holding out hope the Royals can pull off a couple of significant moves to strengthen their team overall, especially offensively. As the MLB trade deadline approaches, Kansas City is only 2.5 games out of the final wild card spot.
Trade rumors have them linked to a number of players, but nothing significant seems imminent on the trade front. Long suffering fans want the team to go for it but the front office seems to either be in wait-and-see mode, or they truly think the big pieces are already in place and that this team is good enough without making a big splash.