The Royals released relief pitcher Curtis Leskanic last week, prompting a bit of a tirade from Leskanic's buddy Jason Grimsley. Last night, Grimsley was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles for pitching prospect Denny Bautista.
At first glance, this looks like a great trade for the Royals. Grimsley is a good veteran reliever, but doesn't bring anything to the Royals from a rebuilding perspective. Bautista is a power pitcher who the Royals hope will be ready for the starting rotation to start the 2005 season. The Orioles gave up one of their best prospects for a year and a half of bullpen help.
Bautista has had control problems, but the Royals hope they can work with him to repeat his delivery to help his control. He will go to AA Wichita for now.
Look for more moves by the Royals in the next few weeks.