Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
This will get lost in the Royals thread, but isn't Skip a perfect trade candidate for KC?
They need a reasonably priced platoon OFer to play RF with Frenchy. Skips OBP against lefties is right around .360, which is damn good. He's a quality hitter with a nice eye that would be a boost for any lineup that doesn't have a true leadoff hitter (the Royals don't).
Better still, if by some chance Frenchy recaptures his 2011 form, Skip's definitely a better option at 2b for them than Chris Getz. Hell, he could probably start every day over getz if need b.
Skip's a great fit for that team. He's reasonably priced, gets on base and fills both of the holes the Royals have. They have 3 nice little SS prospects in the low minors (Calixte, Mondesi and Arteaga) and a young starter with a ton of team control already in place at SS.
Surely they'd be willing to give up one of those guys for a guy that would give them 500 quality ABs in a couple of positions they could really use some help.
Posted a response in the Royals thread, but I'll leave it here, too.
Shumacher is an interesting/good option for KC. But Mondesi/Calixte would not be on the table if you're looking for a young SS. Artaega, a surplus reliever, or a depth-level starter would be the best bets.
Mondesi is a top 5 guy in the Royals system (Which now goes: Zimmer, Starling, Mondesi, Ventura, Bonifacio) and is coming off an age 16 season that draws legit comparisons to Jurickson Profar at the same age. He's a sure top 100 kid, possible top 50.
Calixte is a prospect the org loves. Great power, and put up very nice offensive numbers at High-A Wilmington (.752 OPS from a SS in the Carolina league pops out). He's also going to stick in the MI.