Oct 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Brett Anderson reacts during the 8th inning in game four of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Winter Meetings Recap: Brett Anderson Traded, Jason Hammel?


Jul 23, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

With the Winter Meetings reaching their halfway point, a number of moves were made that may have impacted the Royals. Some, we re thankful that they missed out on, while other moves may have helped. Then, there are the always interesting rumors of players that the team is interested in. Here is a recap of what went on earlier today.

  • With the Royals in need of a power bat and Mark Trumbo on the block, it seemed like a logical conclusion that the Royals may look into what the Angels would be asking for. Thankfully, either the Royals were not interested or the Angels got a better offer, as Trumbo is headed to Arizona as part of a three team deal between the Angels, White Sox and the Diamondbacks.
  • There was another trade that could have affected the Royals today. The Atheletics traded Brett Anderson to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen. Anderson had been on the block for over a year now, and the Royals actually offered Wil Myers for Anderson last season. Now, the A’s have had to settle for a younger version of Anderson and possibly just dump his salary on another team. While Anderson has been a very good pitcher when healthy, his injury issues have certainly held him back, and it may be fair to wonder if he will ever develop into the pitcher that he was expected to become.
  • However, there is news for the Royals on the pitching front. Kansas City is one of four teams that have been linked to free agent starter Jason Hammel. Yes, the same Jason Hammel that had a career year in 2012, and fought through an injury plagued 2013 season. For a team that claims to be looking for upgrades, Hammel does not seem as though he would be better than plugging Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy into a rotation spot (more on the Royals interest in Hammel tomorrow).

The Winter Meetings appear to be heating up, and there may be plenty more moves forthcoming in the next couple of days. If anything breaks with the Royals, we will get that news, and our reactions, to you as soon as we can.


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  • cardsfanatik

    I’m not sure why they are looking for pitchers. If they don’t like Ventura, Duffy, Zimmer, trade them for a bat. If they like them enough to keep them, don’t waste them at AAA. Zimmer may need a little more time in the minors, Ventura does not. Ventura is ready for a role, whatever it may be. And he should CERTAINLY be ahead of Davis and Hochevar in the starting department. If they want a risky veteran, sign Johan Santana. This team needs offense. I don’t care if they sign or trade for a second baseman, or right fielder. The more I think about it, the more I like the trade proposal for Domonic Brown. He is just entering his age 26 season, and showed real signs of promise last year. If it costs us Duffy, so be it, then sign a veteran arm to take his place. There are some left that could take his spot. I said at the beginning of the off-season they should look at a Edinson Volquez type. They need to be seeing what some of the young guns have though, if they are truly trying to build for “sustainability”. And not signing everyone’s leftovers. However, relying on the offense to produce another 100 runs more than last year is simply asinine.

    • Dave Lowe

      I’m wondering if they are interested in Domonic Brown, and since the Phillies want young arms, they might be offering Danny Duffy for him. If Duffy leaves, Hammel would take his place.

      I have mixed thoughts on Brown. He was injured part of last year, which I think caused his offense to slow down after a hot start. People say he’s bad in the OF, but he had 9 OF assists.

      To get Brown, a former top prospect in all of baseball, while still before his prime, would be a decent trade for a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery and may never pan out. Not sure what the Phillies want, though. In the minors pipeline, we have Ventura, Zimmer, Almonte, Jason Adam, along with others like Brickhouse, Selman, Manaea, and Binford.

      Maybe we offer both Wade Davis and Jason Adam, or Hochevar and Jason Adam?

      • cardsfanatik

        I would like that better, but probably Amaro would want Duffy, Ventura or Zimmer, and of those 3, Duffy would be the one I would ship to Philly. Really don’t want to trade Ventura or Zimmer.

  • moretrouble

    Hammel doesn’t seem to project better than Duffy or Ventura. Duffy is ready, although they must have lingering doubts about his health. Ventura is ready as well, although their concern about his command is valid. But, some of the pitchers mentioned in these reports, like Hammel, don’t seem good alternatives to the guys they have. Teams don’t seem eager to pay Santana what he wants – who knows, maybe he’ll come off his price and KC can sign him.