The Kansas City Royals have acquired first baseman Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitcher Leo Nunez.Wait, I thought Moore was all about teaching the Royals patience, so what's with this "aggressive approach" stuff? Sure, Jacobs is powerful, but he had an OBP of .299 this season.
Jacobs, who turned 28 years old on Thursday, belted a career-high 32 homers and drove in 93 runs with a .247 batting average in 2008. He is a career .262 hitter with 80 homers and 247 RBI in 421 big league games with Florida and the New York Mets.
"We're delighted to acquire a productive hitter to impact the middle of our lineup,"
said Royals general manager Dayton Moore. "Mike's a winner and has a very aggressive approach to baseball and we look forward to his presence on our club."
That said, the Royals have no power at all, so this is probably worth the risk. If Jacobs gets a few breaks and raises his batting average a tad he could be somewhat useful power infusion.
Rany disagrees, though, and he knows a hell of a lot more about the Royals than you or I will ever hope to know, so this might not be that good an idea after all.