Time to return to the report card for General Manager Dayton Moore regarding this just completed season.  In part one, we looked at the transactions from November and December of 2009.  In part two, we cover January through opening of 2010.

January
Signed John Parrish to a minor league deal.

Does Sluggerrr know how lucky he is that Parrish didn’t bean him in the nine innings he pitched here for the Royals?  He is the original Nuke LaLoosh, but probably without the fungus on his shower shoes.

Verdict: Loss.  But really, who cares?

Signed Scott Podsednik for one year, $1.65 million.

This was really a match made in Dayton Moore Heaven.  Scotty Pods… fast, base stealer, plus defender, a leadoff man, scrappy, etc.  Except he’s not really that fast, he runs the bases with his head jammed somewhere unspeakable, took questionable routes to flyballs in left, and so on…

However, I have to admit I was caught completely by surprise at his .353 on base percentage with the Royals.  That was his exact mark he posted with the White Sox last summer and was tied for the second best in his career.  And like 2009, his success was fueled by a lofty .347 batting average on balls in play.  With his speed, he owns a better than average BABIP (.322 career) and this was the second season in a row where he beat his career average.  Sometimes lightening does strike twice.

Anyway, good on GMDM for flipping him to the Dodgers for Lucas May and Elisaul Pimentel. Neither player showed much of anything after arriving – May hit .275/.362/.516 in 105 plate appearances in Omaha, but failed to impress in a September call-up.  He will likely get a look in Surprise to make the team as a backup.  Pimental had a 5.76 ERA and walked almost six batters per nine for Class-A Burlington.

Bottom line, Podsednik performed for the Royals and brought them two players – one of which may provide major league cover next year.

Verdict: Win

Signed Rick Ankiel for one year, $2.75 million.

This was the free agent signing of the month that didn’t make a ton of sense.  They had already signed Pods and Brian Anderson.  They also had Mitch Maier and David DeJesus.  So it really didn’t figure how all these pieces were going to fit.  Although it was clear the Royals envisioned an outfield of Pods, Ankiel and DeJesus going from left to right.  Still, that’s just throwing money out the window of your Cadillac while you’re doing 70 mph on the interstate.

At the time, I ripped Ankiel because he turned down a similar offer from the Yankees because he wanted to go somewhere he could play everyday.  That still boggles my mind.  Especially now we know Ankiel wanted to be just about anywhere else on the planet than Kansas City.  Really.  The guy absolutely did not want to be here.

Not that he was here anyway.  Injuries and an extended minor league rehab limited him to 101 plate appearances.  I need at least 500 plate appearances before I list someone on my Least Favorite Royal of All Time list.  Let’s just say I would have had to move Kevin McReynolds down to number two if Ankiel had accumulated enough PAs to qualify.

I know GMDM was able to get some players in return.  That lessens the pain of having to watch those 101 plate appearances.  Still…  I couldn’t even bring myself to root for the guy.  That never happens.

Verdict: Loss.

February
Nothing of note happened in February.  Really.

March
Again, not much happened… Just kind of organizational maneuvering.  Danny Duffy retired.  But that wasn’t a GMDM move.  Thankfully, he returned.

April
Royals trade for Luis Mendoza

There wasn’t a single person remotely familiar with baseball who understood why the Royals acquired Mendoza and then placed him on the 25 man roster.  Just mind boggling.  The final carnage:

4 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 4 HR

Of course, it doesn’t help when you have someone as confused as SABR Trey running the show.  Why he brought Mendoza into that game against the Tigers with the Royals nursing a 2-1 lead with a runner on to face Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera only Hillman knows.

Verdict: Disaster

Royals release Juan Cruz

Cruz had no command (not that he ever did, but he was bad even by his standards in ’10) and when he was around the strike zone, was extremely hittable.  It didn’t help his cause that he allowed all six runners he inherited in his five outings to score.  Turns out he had a bad shoulder and subsequently underwent surgery.  He’s out until at least the middle of next year.

The Royals decided to eat his $3.25 million contract.

Verdict: Loss

Royals claim Jai Miller off waivers from the A’s

Miller, a former fourth round draft pick of the Marlins, can get on base and has a little pop in his bat.  In 313 games in Triple-A in his career, he owns a line of .269/.345/.489 with 53 home runs and 31 steals.  The promise he possesses is minimal, though, as he doesn’t make enough contact to be a consistently good performer in the big leagues.

Still, he doesn’t cost much.  And you can always use a fourth outfielder.

Verdict: Win. Kind of.