Report: Benson headed to KC for MacDougal and Affeldt

Peter Gammons of ESPN is reporting the Royals are set to trade closer Mike MacDougal and reliever Jeremy Affeldt to the Mets for Kris Benson. He said the deal could be finalized tonight. There is no word on how much of Benson's salary -- which is roughly $15.5 million over the next two seasons -- would be picked up by the Mets. There is also some speculation that Gammons' initial report was incorrect, and that the Royals were trading Affeldt and a prospect, rather than MacDougal. As of 11:48 pm EST, we have heard nothing further.

Our initial reaction to this news is positive. We have no problem whatsoever with getting rid of Affeldt (we even suggested the Royals ought to non-tender him a few months ago), and we are perfectly happy with trading MacDougal while his value is relatively high. If the MacDougal part of the trade is false, we wonder who the alleged "prospect" might be, but we're not worried that it would be anyone we'll miss. Stay tuned, as RC promises to provide commentary as soon as any trade is completed.

Update: No deal yet! Baird remains interested in Benson, but doesn't plan to package both Affeldt and MacDougal unless the Royals are "blown away." Baird also says he expects to have a 2B on Thursday, " at least, someone to compete for a job." RC takes that as the strongest sign yet that the Royals are going to select Kevin Howard from the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule 5 draft.


At 12/07/2005 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they're gonna sell Carrasco so they will have 38 men on the 40 man roster and then will take TWO Rule 5 picks....

At 12/07/2005 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


After hearing about the Atlanta rumor, I checked out their top 10 prospect list. A name that jumped out at me was Brandon Jones. He was the Royals 6th round pick in 2002. He was described as being one of the best athletes in the draft. Had a lot of tools, but was raw. I was disappointed the Royals were unable to sign him. He had a great year in low A before finishing '05 in high A,

At 12/07/2005 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not wowed by this rumored Benson deal just because I have a lot of reservations about Benson as a pitcher. However, I'm glad to see Baird shopping Affeldt realizing what he has in Macdougal and 'selling high' so to speak.

Now that the Cubs have Juan Peirre any chance we see Berroa-Cory Patterson swap?

Patterson has supposily fallen out of favor with Hendry and Baker, he'd be a good guy to take a chance on, especially if it meant getting rid of Berroa and his soon-to-be very expensive miscues.


At 12/07/2005 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish we had a SS to back him up though. Nomar, anyone?

Oh, and I just saw this on CBS:

The Pirates have agreed to send lefty veteran Mark Redman for right-handed reliever Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named.

At 12/07/2005 4:28 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

Who gets to decide the PTBNL? Can the royals say, "here, take Pete Maestrales?" Or do the Pirates have some say? Can we give them Colt Griffin? That would be awesome.

At 12/07/2005 5:08 PM, Blogger Dave said...

The PTBNL is a player who both clubs must agree on. Sometimes the player truly is selected "later." Sometimes the player is chosen at the time of the trade and only announced publicly later. Sometimes a team will give another a team a list of a few players from which to choose, and it takes the other team a little while to decide which one it wants. But the point is, it's a collaborative process.

At 12/07/2005 5:50 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

What's your view of Mark Redman, Dave? Also person up there suggesting we trade for Patterson, why trade him to the Cubs when we might be able to get Langerhans or Johnson along with a top prospect if we offer Berroa and MacDougal? That's great value for Berroa and MacDougal.

At 12/07/2005 7:49 PM, Blogger DL said...

Mark Redman = Brian Anderson. Interpret that in any way you like.


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