Unless it’s a deadline deal, it usually takes years to be able to pick which side got the better of a trade.
And sometimes it takes just a few months. And few appear as one-sided right now as the deal that sent Melky Cabrera from the Kansas City Royals to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Jonathan Sanchez.
Looked like a decent deal on paper for the Royals, who got a 29-year-old lefty who threw a no-hitter three years ago and struck out 11 in a playoff game as the Giants won the World Series. The Royals got an outfielder who had bounced around a bit, but was coming off a career season. There was no guarantee Cabrera would be able to be a .300 hitter in San Francisco, either.
He’s not – Cabrera is a .353 hitter and was the All-Star Game MVP (and, pouring salt in the wound, the game was in Kansas City).
Sanchez? He was designated for assignment Tuesday after going 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts. He gave up two home runs and five runs before even retiring a batter on Monday against the Seattle Mariners. He’ll either head to the minors (if he accepts the move) or to another team.
“You want them all to work out, but most of the time they don’t, unfortunately,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said to the Associated Press. “It’s part of the business, you move on and you accept it. You continue to look for solutions.”
The Royals did get another player in the deal – Ryan Verdugo, who was called up and made his big-league debut on Tuesday.
He’ll have to have a very nice run in Kansas City to make them forget about the Melky Cabrera deal, however.