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July 28, 2022

Royals

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Champlain Minors RHP 0.8 0.6 0.8 1
Sikkema Minors LHP 2 1.6 2 2.4
Way Minors RHP 4.6 3.7 4.6 5.5

Yankees

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Benintendi 27 Majors OF Medium 0.4 11.6 3.5 8.1 6.5 8.1 9.7
28 Comments
    • Jon Adam

      clearly Moore was logged in to btv when negotiating 😂

  1. M P

    Surprised it’s all pitchers going to KC

  2. Ty Archy

    Why is Way a 4.6 value though when every single outlet has his FV of a 40 (mlb.com, fangraphs etc all do) and Sikkema a 45 FV but he is only a 2?

    • J T

      I think it may have to do with Sikkema having some injury history that he is just coming back from. Just a guess though.

      • John Bitzer

        Sikkema is Rule 5-eligible, which hurts his value. Also, Sikkema is not a 45 on either of the major outlets we follow.

        • Ty Archy

          Which sites do you follow? Also, but why is Way so high? He’s higher than a fair amount of 45 FV prospects…

          • John Bitzer

            Baseball America rates him highly, and they carry the most weight in our model.

          • Ty Archy

            You have to pay for baseball America, hence why I never use it.

  3. Matt Omoto

    Not a bad trade, the Royals got the Yankees numbers 19 and 21 prospects for a player that will be a free agent next year.

  4. Andrew Villars

    I guess this means that the Yankees are out of the Juan Soto sweepstakes, right? Overall, its a wise and safe move, now the question is what are they gonna do with Gallo?

    • Matt Omoto

      They probably will have a hard time finding a team that would want him. The Yankees could try the Rangers or they could release him. The Gallo trade was horrible for the Yankees because they traded a top 100 prospect in the deal.

      • Bennett Johnson

        To all who think this was a fair deal, or a good deal, for the Royals, I would submit that a team wins by having impact players, not its number of mediocre players. Just because the aggregate points, according to BTV, nearly equal out between the two teams is meaningless, imo. That is not a knock on the system used here. It is a simple baseball fact. KC pulled the trigger too quickly. They should have held out for a Medina, Sweeney, Wesneski, or combination thereof. Players 35-45 FV are a dime a dozen.

        • Sean Ricky-Bobby

          I disagree. The Royals will very likely win the WAR game with this trade by a wide margin. The slim possibility still exists that all 3 could become backend starters with Way and Sikkema having very reliever friendly profiles. Benintendi is a slightly below average corner outfielder defensively who projects to produce around 1 win ROS. If I’m the GM of the Royals I would would rather take 3 bites of the apple then on one 45fv, if that was even available. All teams needs to build out a strong deep farm system and hope that one of their prospects pop in development. The more talent you add the more likely that is to happen.

          • Bennett Johnson

            You miss the point. This is not a WAR game. It’s a pennant race. The Yanks are starting to stumble, like a football team with a big lead in the third quarter. Royals just handed them the ball back without getting an equal return. Depth is overrated, imo. If you want to augment your bench, pull up 4A guys, or check the waiver wire. Everyday there are players, who once looked like future All-Stars, being DFA’d. Benintendi is a good defender in LF, despite what you say. He is having an outstanding year offensively, thanks in part to an elevated BABIP. But most of all, he’s not Joey Gallo. Royals could have given him a QA and traded him in the offseason, instead of taking this puny return. The question you have to ask is this: Given a choice, would the Yankees rather have a pennant in 2023 or Sweeney and a couple of the above pitchers in their farm system. Since he’s their #3 ranked SS prospect, my guess is that they would prefer the pennant. So, I think KC should have waited them out.

        • Max Harris

          Wesneski alone worth more than a 2 month Benintendi rental. With 2.3 years of Soto, 1.3 years of Happ, and 2 months of Peralta on the market for LH outfielders, Benintendi could not command a AAA player with higher ceiling. The Yankees preferred Benintendi because of his short term contract, and their longer term plans.

          Win – Win here. Yankees increase odds of flying a flag, Royals get more long term value for trading an asset they can easily resign in three months if they are so inclined, in a season where they aren’t going anywhere.

          Way or Sikkema is a 4 or 5 starter, the other is headed for the pen where their crossfire delivery will play up. The real steal imho is actually Champlain.

          • Bennett Johnson

            Glad I don’t have you negotiating for me. The Yankees were the desperate ones here, not KC. They were the ones with the pennant to lose, especially with Joey Gallo in the OF. Actually, I like Sikkema. But it doesn’t matter to me if he wins the Cy Young next year. It was a bad trade, imo, only because I think the Royals could and should have gotten more.

          • Ty Archy

            @Benjo
            Royals didn’t lose anything by making this deal and if they found a better deal they would have taken it. Sikkema is in the style of pitching Cleveland is notoriously good at making into a solid MLB starter. For a rental, you get what I believe is a starter and two relievers… I think that’s a win for KC, they definitely didn’t lose this.

          • Max Harris

            @Benjo
            KC had an asset that was doing them nothing useful in their long term plan. If he is in the long term plan, they can easily sign him in the offseason, as he’s unlikely to stay in New York (midwest boy likes playing in the midwest).

            If they resign him, they have extracted a rent from the Yankees for the short term use of the asset. If he doesn’t fit long term, what better offer were they getting? They were not getting Wesneski or Waldichuk. The Cubs could have extracted one of those for Happ, but that’s a 1.4 year rental.

            The Jays were not going to give you one of their catchers, and you don’t need one anyway. Melendez is gonna be an All-Star soon. I’m sure the Royals opened asking for more, and the Yankees opened offering less.

            Folks don’t seem to understand that these are iterative negotiations with counter proposals, information asymmetry, differing goals and values, and a need for compromise. Sure, the Royals had the asset, but as I noted, there are alternatives.

      • Luis Felipe Saccini

        Unless the Soto sweepstakes gets drag out until the winter, yes, Yankees are probably out on Soto

    • Jon Adam

      I’d be surprised to see a July Soto deal, but I don’t think Benintendi would have any bearing one way or another on the Yankees emptying their farm for Soto. Presumably Gallo could go to Washington, not that it would particularly matter.

      • Max Harris

        Gallo is going in the near future unless calamity strikes the Yankees in the next week. Count on that.

        If the Yankees took back Corbin, Gallo is a reasonable inclusion behind Volpe, Dominguez, Waldichuk and maybe Gleyber. Gallo as part of a rebuild should be fine. He doesn’t like pressure.

  5. Bennett Johnson

    Hey Sports Coach, I’m not a lackey for the Cubs like you are for the Guardians, but I will give Jed Hoyer credit for having the right idea at last year’s deadline. Instead of quantity, he went for quality, like Baez and Williams for Crow-Armstrong. This is what KC should have done. You don’t jump early on a deal, unless it’s just too good to pass up. These are middling prospects at best.

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