Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/30/14
The trade -- outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and minor league lefty Ryan Verdugo -- seemingly made sense for the Kansas City Royals when it was announced last Nov. 7. Sure, Cabrera was coming off a career year in which he batted .305 with 44 doubles and 201 hits. However, the Royals needed starting pitching, and Sanchez had thrown a no-hitter in 2009, then gone 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 2010, pitching in the World Series that October before slumping slightly in 2011. "Based on all the information we had at the time and where we were economically and what we needed to do going forward in opening up an opportunity for Lorenzo Cain to play every day, it was the right baseball move for our team," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday. "We were a better team on balance and on paper when we made that deal." After Tuesday, the trade officially can be ruled a train wreck. Sanchez was designated for assi...
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