Monday, March 25, 2013
Chris "Getz" the job
By Jason Catania
The headline may be cheesy, but it's true: Chris Getz beat out Johnny Giavotella to win the Kansas City Royals second base job again.
The Royals sent Giavotella back down to Triple-A, reports the Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton, where the 25-year-old will embark on his third straight season at Omaha.
Giavotella has batted .331 with 19 homers in the past two seasons at Triple-A, which has made many question why he's never been given a full shot in Kansas City. The Royals initially seemed willing to put up with some of his defensive shortcomings if he showed he could hit in the bigs, but that may be becoming a concern in and of itself. Giavotella has hit just .242 in 99 major league games (359 at-bats).
The 29-year-old Getz, a .257 career hitter, is the better defensive player, but there are questions about his durability. He's already made five career trips to the disabled list, and after playing in just 64 games last season, his career-high in games remains the 118 from 2011. Getz, though, pulled away over the past two weeks of spring, and he's currently hitting .378.
Manager Ned Yost indicated that Getz's ability to do the little things better (i.e., bunting, baserunning) was a factor in the decision. Giavotella clearly is not a perfect second baseman, but it might not be a bad idea for some team in need of infield help to ring up the Royals and see if he might be available, considering the club continues to relegate him to a non-role in the majors.