|The Royals traded arbitration-eligible third baseman/outfielder Mark Teahen (plus $1 million) to the White Sox, who plan to play him at the hot corner and shift standout rookie Gordon Beckham to second base. The Royals netted a pair of inexpensive and inexperienced infielders from Chicago in second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.|
|Chris Getz, 2b
Born: Aug. 30, 1983 in Farmington, Mich.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 185. Bats: L. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in fourth round of 2005 draft; signed June 9, 2005.
Getz figures to provide the Royals with, at the very least, a strong defensive option at second base (in contrast to Alberto Callaspo) and the positional flexibility to handle shortstop, third and the corner outfield. And though he didn’t show it during his rookie season, Getz ought to inject the Kansas City lineup with a dose on on-base percentage. He’s a quiet hitter who’s geared for contact and knows the strike zone. He compiled .382 and .366 OBPs in full seasons at Double-A and Triple-A on his way to Chicago. Getz has almost no power, however, so he’ll have to prove to big league pitchers that they can’t knock the bat out of his hands. He’s an above-average runner who was successful on 25 of 27 stolen base attempts as a rookie.
|Josh Fields, 3b
Age: 26. Positions: 3B (74 G), 1B (17 G).
Born: Dec. 14, 1982 in Ada, Okla.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Oklahoma State.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in first round (18th overall) of 2004 draft; signed June 18, 2004.
Fields cracked 23 home runs in 100 games as a White Sox rookie in ’07, one year after nearly going 20-20 for Charlotte (19 HR, 28 SB). In the two intervening seasons, he’s been injured a bit too often to build on his debut. That down time can only partially explain away his poor selectivity (.302 on-base percentage in the big leagues) and propensity for strikeouts (34 percent of at-bats). It hasn’t all been bad, for in that time he’s absolutely crushed lefthanders. In a limited, but perhaps illustrative, sample of 218 plate appearances, Fields batted .285/.356/.580 with 16 of his 31 career homers. He has slowed as he’s reached his mid-20s, so he’s no basestealing threat, nor is he anything more than adequate at third base. The Royals may give Fields a few months to see if he can solve righthanders, but if not he has value if deployed as a power threat versus lefthanders, especially seeing as he can capably play all four corner positions.
|White Sox Acquire|
|Mark Teahen, 3b/rf
Age: 28. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: 1 arbitration-eligible year before free agency ($3.757 million in ’09).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.