Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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by John Viril— Royals Manager Ned Yost announced today that Chris Getz will open the season at second base ahead of competitor Johnny Giavotella. Given their performances in spring training, this decision was a foregone conclusion. Getz clearly outhit Giavotella during spring training (.940 OPS vs. .683)—a death knell for the roster hopes of hitting-first player like Giavotella. The results of the Giavotella/Getz contest is unlikely to make or break the Royals post-season hopes. Getz is—at best—a 1.0 to 1.5 WAR player in a full season. Giavotella has yet to show he is better than that at the major league level, despite his career minor league triple slash of .308/.380/.443. Playoff aspirations for the 2013 season rest on the revamped pitching staff and breakout hopes for former hot-prospects like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. As long as Getz can hold down the second base job with competent defense and be something less than a complete black-hole on offense, then Getz will not hold...
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