Royals moving in the right direction: Trade CF Melky Cabrera to Giants for LHP Jonathan Sanchez

Via ESPN:

The Kansas City Royals have traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and another minor league pitcher.

Sanchez was the Giants’ best pitcher during the latter part of 2010, when they beat the Texas Rangers to win the World Series. But he was just 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain.

Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs in his first season with the Royals. By dealing him to San Francisco, Kansas City opens up a spot in its outfielder for hotshot prospect Lorenzo Cain, who hit .312 at Triple-A Omaha this season.

The Royals also get left-hander Ryan Verdugo in the deal. He was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Richmond this year.

What a deal by the Royals. I think they are heading towards success in the AL Central. With this trade, it solidifies their rotation to greatness in the next few years. Cabrera had a great year but with Lorenzo Cain ( former Milwaukee Brewer) hitting so well in Triple A and can give you equal production if not better production then it was okay to let him go. I love Sanchez as a left handed pitcher in major league baseball. I wish the Mets would have picked him up in that trade with Carlos Beltran. He has got huge potential with plus stuff and is still young. I think this trade is why the Royals want to win now and their organization is starting to get it. Take a look at next years rotation. Hochevar, Duffy, Sanchez, Montgomery, along with Paulino, Chen, and other minor leaguers fighting for that number 5 spot. I really like that rotation and they are all young flamethrowers. The Royals looking to be crowns of that division someday and they can start now with that trade…

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