KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals took a shot Friday at softening the blow from the disastrous Jonathan Sanchez off-season trade.
The Royals acquired Colorado right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in exchange for Sanchez, who had been designated for assignment on Tuesday. Essentially, that now makes the off-season trade of Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Guthrie and prospect Ryan Verdugo.
And there is reason to like Friday's deal.
At first glance, it would appear the Royals and Rockies simply swapped lost causes. Sanchez was horrific with Kansas City, posting a 7.76 ERA and a 1-6 mark.
Guthrie was almost as bad for the Rockies, who had made him their opening-day starter. Overall, he was 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA.
But one explanation for Guthrie's poor overall numbers was that he had become spooked about pitching at Coors Field he had a respectable 3.67 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) away from Coors Field.
Guthrie admitted in a conference call Friday with reporters that he was a completel...