Originally Posted by johnnyg83
What positions on the Sox would you rather have a WhiteSox instead of Royal?
1b: Hosmer v. Konerko = Konerko
2b: Beckham v. Giovetllla= Beckham maybe
ss: escobar v. ramirex = escobar
3b = moustakas v. keppinger = moustakas
lf = vicideo v. gordon = gordon
cf = de aza v. cain = cain
rf = rios v. frenchy = rios
dh = butler v. dunn = butler
c = perez v. flowers = MEGA perez
That's six of nine I'd rather have royals. And giving the benefit to Beckham. And Hosmer certainly has a brighter future than Konerko.
The Royals have all these awesome hitters, yet they were still 12th in the league in runs scored, while the Sox were fourth.
Unlike a lot of people here, I do like the Shields trade for KC. But I don't think the Royals have as good a lineup as the Sox. No way. I'd be willing to bet you the Sox score more runs than KC again this year.
Obviously, the Royals are younger and therefore have more future upside. But this isn't about the future. It's about right now.
And, BTW, Giavotella had one home run and 15 RBIs in 53 games last year. For all of Beckham's faults, he's clearly the more accomplished player. Ramirez was more productive than Escobar was last year, even in a down season, and Keppinger hit about 80 points higher than Moustakas and had a higher OPS as well.
P.S., De Aza is a better player than Cain too.
There has to be some reason the Sox scored so many more runs than the Royals, and it's not because KC is better than them at six of nine positions.