Monday, July 21, 2008

Can't use Bannister as your reason anymore

For all those Omar Minaya detractors out there, who seem to be very quiet when the team is winning and extremely loud when they're losing, you can't use Brian Bannister as an example of his failures anymore. The one trade that Omar haters hung their hat on was the Bannister for Burgos trade. Bannister went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA in the American League on a very bad team and finished third in the Rockie of the year vote. Meanwhile, Burgos struggled in the minors before losing a year and a half to TJ surgery. Bannister never impressed me in 2006, before his season ending injury he always seemed to be pitching into trouble and miraculously finding a way out which I felt would come back to bit him. Besides both Pelfrey and Humber had more potential and behind them was Mulvey. Burgos was a hard thrower with the potential to become a closer and he seemed worth the risk.......

Bannister has struggled this year, so much so that he maybe sent back to AAA. Now I'm not bring this up because I'm glad to see Bannister struggle but more to support Omar. I like having an aggressive GM who's willing to take chances and rely on his scouting, in fact when Omar has frustrated me it's been when he's slow to make a move (like now for an outfielder). But when you make trades you risk it coming back to haunt you. There are very few trades that have been lopsided for the other team, those that are were with role players; Heath Bell, Matt Lindstrom/Henry Owens, Jeff Keppinger. Even in this amazingly frustrating season, were in contention for the third straight year which is a long way from where we were before Omar......


Brian Bannister lasted just three innings and squandered leads of 4-0 and 5-2. That follows his failure to hold an early 5-0 lead in his last start, which boosted his ERA to 5.49 overall and to 6.49 over his last 17 starts. The Royals must now decide how long to allow Bannister to work though his difficulties in their rotation. He has options remaining and can be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers. source KC Star

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