It's not a huge surprise that Michigan alum Chris Getz has been traded from the White Sox
, but it's tough to see him go to a team as lowly as the Royals. Getz was a solid rookie this year for the Sox:
batting .261 with 19 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 31 RBI and 49 runs scored in 107 games. The left-handed hitter ranked tied for first among AL rookies in multi-hit games (28), third in triples and stolen bases (25), tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in walks (30), runs and hits (98). Getz' 92.6 stolen base percentage (25-for-27) led the league (min. 15 attempts). Defensively, his seven errors were tied with Toronto's Aaron Hill for the fewest among second baseman in the AL.
The White Sox plan all along seemed to use Getz (photo on right from Tony Ding) as a one year plug as they put the finishing touches on top prospect Gordon Beckham, or at least that was the rumors before last season. Getz performed well, but not enough to keep him in the top spot, especially after a season ending oblique injury. Beckham came in after the injury and performed quite well, signaling the end of Getz in Chicago.
This means your Chicago-based, UM-fan guide now points to Jake Fox on the north side, as much it pains me to say (FTR: I hate the Cubs).
At Kansas City, Getz will be competing with Alberto Callaspo at second for the starting position. Just a comparison of the two players:
|Player ||ABs ||AVG ||RBI ||HR ||R ||SB |
|Getz ||375 ||.261 ||31 ||2 ||49 ||25 |
|Callaspo ||576 ||.300 ||79 ||11 ||73 ||2 |
I don't know if the Royals may be using Callaspo as trade bait, or if they may move him over to short stop to replace a struggling Yuniesky Betancourt. We'll find out by April.