Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please
In the spirit of spreading rumors that are unlikely to materialize into anything, but that at least make you beg for it to have some shred of truth, comes this gem from the Kansas City Star:
The Royals and Mariners did discuss a Billy Butler-for-Betancourt swap before the 2007 season. Seattle rejected the offer before Moore acquired Tony PeÃ±a as a replacement for Angel Berroa.
The Mariners have a new general manager in Jack Zduriencik. They lost 101 games last season. Betancourtâ€™s development plateaued over the last two years. And Seattle can use some punch after scoring fewer runs last season than all but one American League team.
Itâ€™s a long shot that also produced claims by both clubs that no talks have taken place.
Even so, the Royals are more likely to trade Butler after acquiring first baseman Mike Jacobs in a trade with Florida. They are also seeking a middle infielder, preferably a shortstop, which would enable them to shift Mike Aviles to second base.
Plus all signs point to alternatives in the free-agent market â€” such as Rafael Furcal, Edgar Renteria and Orlando Hudson â€” moving beyond the clubâ€™s fiscal reach.
Moore admitted, â€œWe really donâ€™t have a lot of flexibility, payroll-wise.”
Billy Butler for Yuniesky Betancourt? I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Of course, nothing’s going to come of it, but at least it put a smile on my face.