Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 11/7/11
On a day when the Kansas City Royals were expected to announce they were changing the name of their home stadium, they pulled a fast one and announced a trade instead. An intriguing deal, too, involving two principles with lots of talent and many flaws. To the San Francisco Giants: 27-year-old outfielder Melky Cabrera, who had a career season in 2011, hitting .305/.339/.470 with 18 homers, 44 doubles and 20 stolen bases. The Melkman didn't walk much (35 times in 706 plate appearances) and his defense in center didn't win him much support from the Fielding Bible scholars. Cabrera will be a free agent after the 2012 season. To the Royals: left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, who turns 29 later this month and is coming off an injury plagued season. Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter in 2009, gets a lot of strikeouts but walks too many batters. He had a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts, striking out 102 and walking 66 in 101 innings. K.C. also gets minor league lefty Ryan Verdugo, a possibly decent p...
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