From Media Relations…

Kansas City, MO (July 31, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals today acquired right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Davies from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel. The swap was made just hours before the 3 p.m. (CT) non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline.

Davies, who will turn 24 on Sept. 9, spent the majority of the 2007 campaign with the Braves before being optioned to Richmond on July 19, where he has made a pair of starts. While working for Atlanta this year, he made 17 starts, posting a 4-8 record and 5.76 ERA, allowing 55 earned runs in 86.0 innings with 59 strikeouts. 

The 6-2, 205 lb., native of Decatur, Ga., is a lifetime 14-21 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 Major League appearances, 45 of which have been starts. Davies debuted as a rookie with the Braves in 2005, going 7-6 with a 4.93 ERA. He was a fourth round pick of the Braves in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

Dotel, 33, signed with the Royals as a free agent last Dec. 8. He missed nearly all of the first two months of the 2007 season due to a strained left oblique that occurred late in spring training. Since returning to active duty on May 23, Dotel has gone 11-for-14 in save situations (79 percent), while posting a 2-1 record and 3.91 ERA.


Hope this works out. How incredibly disappointing for Royals fans. But I guess Dayton Moore deserves the benefit of the doubt from us. We’ll see how Davies is received if he takes Nunez’s spot.

Wow, I’m real impressed with this trade….this guys numbers are outstanding!!! This is exactly what I was hoping for. Can you smell the sarcasm?

Why didn’t the Royals get two players for Dotel? Davies’ numbers aren’t exactly stellar. Oh well, I pray this trade will not turn out like the Joey Gathright trade last year. Heck, the Royals could use another starting pitcher in Omaha.

Looks like a Dayton Moore payback to the Braves for Pena, Jr. The Royals receive a pitcher that in 2 years Royals fan will be saying who? Davies has had enough starts in MLB to prove he can not pitch at this level. Hope I am wrong. Bad Trade for the Royals – Good for the Braves.

The question becomes: Soria or Grienke in the closer position? Frankly, I’m feeling confident with either of them on the mound these days.

I want to wait and see. Moore had good luck with Bannister. Dotel is at risk of injury at any time and Davies is still only 23. By the way, I look for Gathright to be a starter next year. The Royals are going to clear a lot of salary (Including Dotel,Sweeney, Sanders and possibly Brown) in about two months so they’ll finally have some money to spend.

Some of Dayton Moore’s comments puzzle me sometimes. For example, Moore said that Davies has good stuff, but he really doesn’t look at the numbers (statistics) of young pitchers, because they are just learning. But in the same regard, he has said he is disappointed with the progress of Luke Hochevar and Billy Buckner. Does this mean he doesn’t think they have good enough stuff or is he looking at their numbers?

As a follow-up, it is interesting to read the national and Atlanta baseball press view on the Dotel for Davies trade. It appears the Royals’ media relations stands alone about the deal. Must to tough for them to have a positive spin, let’s talk about his injuries, not the 3rd rated trade prospective for an unknown 2nd tier pitcher. If the Royals are dumping Dotel’s salary be honest. What is the old saying about a handbag out of a sow’s ear? Souuuie!

I’m starting to feel better about the trade than I did yesterday. Davies does have outstanding stuff, and as I read on another message board, look at Halladay’s stats after his second year in the majors. Plus, from what I’ve read, most scouts think this guy is going to be pretty good, and Dayton Moore knows pitching and he knows the Braves’ organization. We’ll have to wait and see, but as far as acquiring guys with impact potential for a guy who is going to be a free agent in 2 months, Moore probably made a pretty good deal.

Dotel was leaving at end of year anyway, plus he is replaceable, he is a good closer not a great one, and if the young guy works out it will be a great deal

So we trade for a pitcher who has a lifetime record of 14-21 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 Major League appearances. Do those credentials catapult him over Nunez who recently pitched two masterful games for us only to get rewarded by being sent back down to Omaha??? If were Noonie, I’d be hoping for a trade to a team that needs a good starting pitcher. But, hey, doesn’t that describes the Royals!

after all the talk a bout the royals dealing dotel and this is what they get back……horrible trade in mi eyes

Kyle Davies’ first start for the Royals has only proved that Dayton Moore has made another terrible trade for the second year in the row.

what are you talking about!!??
He scouted this kid and drafted him. Obviously, he knows what he’s looking for. And for all you who think the Gathright trade was bad, look at the stats with him in the lineup and when he’s out.

Davies has limitless potential, and most pitchers dont reach their potential until their mid-late 20’s. THE KID IS 23!!! 52 starts filled with inconsitency doesnt mean a thing. We did not trade for him hoping he would help us right now.

And after his last start, if you still think the trade is horrible in your eyes, then you need to grab some glasses

I’m really gonna laugh at you guys when we are contending in two years… especially after all the complaining about everything Moore does.

Wow! What an incredible game by Kyle Davies against the Indians last night! Can’t wait to see his next start!

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