The Royals traded outfielder David DeJesus to Oakland in return for two pitchers, right hander Vin Mazarro, a 24 year old who went 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA and made 24 appearances including 18 starts. Royals GM Dayton Moore says Mazzaro will move into the starting rotation. The Royals also get a left handed minor leaguer Justin Marks.
DeJesus was always a fan favorite in K.C. He was very versatile for the Royals and never complained about where he was playing. He covered all three outfield positions last year and hit .318 in 91 games before needing surgery on his right thumb.
DeJesus is also one of the most reliable outfielders in the game. He has a 241 game errorless streak which dates back to September 15, 2008, the last time he made an erro.
As far as Mazzaro, he will fill out a rotation that brings back Zack Greinke, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Sean O’Sullivan, plus the potential for young pitchers like former Missouri Tiger Aaron Crow to make a name for themselves this spring.
The Royals also parted ways with Brian Bannister after three seasons. He never really blossomed into the pitcher they hoped when they got him from the New York Mets. In his first year he went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA as a rookie. The next three seasons, he went a combined 23-40.