Dayton Moore conference call notes: Sanchez acquisition
Royals General Manager Dayton Moore spoke with the media about today’s trade that brought left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from San Francisco for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Moore described the deal as a good baseball trade that will be a wash from a payroll perspective. He spoke extensively about how it would free up an opportunity for Lorenzo Cain to play centerfield on a regular basis. Overall, Moore believes that the deal makes the Royals a more well-rounded baseball team.
As for Sanchez, Moore sees a dynamic lefty who is a breakout candidate. He projects the soon-to-be 29-year-old as a solid third starter-type on a championship club. Moore is not concerned about a left ankle injury which slowed Sanchez late in 2011. He felt that the Royals needed to move on the opportunity to acquire Sanchez before it went away.
Moore described Verdugo as a strong second piece to the trade, with KC’s scouts seeing him as a one to two inning lefty at the Major League level. Verdugo was primarily a reliever until 2011, when he made 25 starts at Double-A Richmond. He was a college teammate of Royals reliever Louis Coleman while the two were at LSU in 2008.