Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 7/17/12

Well then, I bet no one would have imagined in April that this would happen. The Kansas City Royals have designated starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. The Royals have also recalled Ryan Verdugo and Vin Mazzaro, and will start Verdugo tonight in Kansas City against the Mariners.

Kansas City traded for Sanchez this offseason, dealing Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for the control-averse Sanchez. Sure enough, the move to the American League shattered Sanchez, and he struck out a career low 6.08 batters per nine while walking a career high 7.43 per nine...yep, he walked more batters than he struck out. His ERA for the season sat at a ghastly 7.76 mark after he allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Mariners last night, and that was apparently enough for the Royals' brass.

Sanchez's season is a direct contrast to that of Cabrera's, who started the All-Star Game (in Kansas City, no less) for the National League and won the MVP award. On the season, Cabrera has a .905 OPS with a .353 batting average, eight homers, and ten stolen bases. While he's not *this good*, the Giants will take the production. To add insult to injury, Royals center fielders (primarily Jarred Dyson, with "help" from Lorenzo Cain, Mitch Maier, and Jason Bourgeois) this year have just a .650 OPS with a .255 average and just two homers. 

Sanchez's expected ouster just adds to a disastrous year for Royals pitching. Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino both had Tommy John surgery this summer,  while veteran Bruce Chen and former top overall pick Luke Hochevar have struggled immensely. The news that the Royals had inquired on Cubs starter Matt Garza makes a lot of sense, but at the same time, I have to question the logic of this team, with a rotation that is essentially a giant pile of nothing, thinking that the acquisition of one top of the line pitcher is worth dealing prospects that could impact the team in a huge way. I assume Wil Myers would be the guy that the Cubs demand in a trade....and based on his potential, I don't think that would be a wise move at all.

At any rate, this really just hasn't been a great year for the Royals. Many people expected Kansas City to take a giant step forward this year, but instead, they're 12 games under .500 in mid-July.

Photo courtesy of Daylife.com

[follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker