Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 11/10/11

ROYALLY SCREWED? Sanchez says he's "excited" about the trade to Kansas City. (AP photo)

Dave Skretta at the Associated Press interviewed former Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez today to get his thoughts about being traded from a World Champion team like San Francisco to the Kansas City Royals (who haven’t sniffed the postseason since 1985).

So far, Sanchez is taking it like a man.

“I mean, I saw it coming,” Sanchez said. “It’s been since I got to the big leagues that [the Giants] wanted to trade me, but nothing came out. I mean, every year I was staying there. I thought I was staying there this year, too. It never happened until now.”

Sanchez, who can be a damn good pitcher when he puts his mind to it, frustrated the bejeebers out of manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti, who seemed to grow tired of the inconsistency and all the walks he allowed (he led the league in walks in 2010 and had a career-high 5.9 BB/9 rate last year).

But Sanchez didn’t apologize for the way things ended in San Francisco. ”That’s the way I pitch,” he told Skretta today. “So long as [the other team doesn't] score, I’m fine with that.”

The Royals, who traded away Melky Cabrera to get Sanchez, think the southpaw is primed for a breakout season.

“His hit rates are very low, his strikeout rates are very high, his walks aren’t something we’re overly excited about, but at the same time he’s very young,” said Royals GM Dayton Moore. “He’s somebody our scouts feel is a breakout candidate moving forward into 2012.”

Moore sounds optimistic, as does Sanchez, who’s hopeful KC can make it to the postseason. ”It’s exciting, you know? It’s exciting to make the playoffs, and that’s what we want, to be a young team that makes the playoffs.”

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