When the Royals demoted second baseman Johnny Giavotella last Sunday, it signaled that the organization wasn't willing to sacrifice any defense.
It almost surely means that Royals fans are going to see a whole lot more of Yuniesky Betancourt.
Manager Ned Yost's plan is to split time between Betancourt and Chris Getz. But behind the scenes the feeling is that Betancourt can give the Royals more offense and defense.
That last bit will no doubt send the sabermetric sect out there into a frenzy. Betancourt has been the sabermetric society's punching bag for years because of suspect offensive and defensive stats, and Royals fans among that society were bewildered when the Royals signed Betancourt during the off-season,
The signing one year at 2 million came almost a year to the date of after the Royals traded Betancourt to Milwaukee, perhaps the best part of that blockbuster trade to the Royals' sabermetric crowd.
So, once again, as was the case in 2010, Royals general manager Da...