by John Viril—
Kansas City GM Dayton Moore knows that his time is short.
You can see it in every move he makes and in everything he says.
If Moore does not win soon, he’s going to be out of a job. That’s the only way to make sense of Moore’s latest roster moves and comments. Today, Moore sent 2B Johnny Giavotella and P Everett Teaford back to AAA, and recalled 2B Chris Getz and P Kelvin Herrera. Meanwhile, recent waiver claim Pedro Ciriaco cleared waivers and was outrighted to Omaha. While rotating Teaford back to Omaha in favor of Herrera should not surprise anyone, pulling the plug on Giavotella after 38 ABs in favor of Getz smells like desperation.
Manager Ned Yost told mlb.com, ”We’ve got to go — it’s time to go, so we’ve got to make sure we’ve got as many hot guys in that lineup as we can get in there.”
If you’re looking for an offensive boost from a guy with a career .623 OPS, then you really are grasping at straws.
While Giavotella has struggled in his 414 career at bats (.606