KANSAS CITY, Mo. You could almost hear the moans from Royals fans across the area when manager Ned Yost announced that Chris Getz had indeed beat out Johnny Giavotella for the second-base job.
Many fans have been pulling for Johnny G to win the job for close to two years. But as was the case last year, Getz held off the challenger again in spring training.
Getzs numbers clearly were better (.372 average, .426 on-base) than Giavotellas (.267 average, .283 on-base), but I doubt the competition came down solely to offensive numbers.
The Royals are fairly certain that Giavotella could out-hit Getz, at least marginally, if given the everyday job. But the Royals also know its not an absolute certainty.
And while the gap defensively between the two isnt as huge as some might think, its enough to outweigh the risk of having Giavotella hit poorly again at the big-league level and cost the Royals a few games in the field.
Giavotella isnt horrible in the field, but he is handicapped a bi...