Jacobs to Royals!!!

He is moving away from pitcher-friendly Dolphin Stadium, but the KC lineup is terrible.  So I say this trade significantly hurts Jacobs’ value.  When was the last time a KC hitter was really worth owning in a standard fantasy league?  Carlos Beltran?  Mike Sweeney?  What do you guys think?

-Zach
                                                                                                                            
KANSAS CITY, MO (October 30, 2008) – The Kansas City Royals have acquired first baseman Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Leo Nunez.

“We’re delighted to acquire a productive hitter to impact the middle of our lineup,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.  “Mike’s a winner and has a very aggressive approach to baseball and we look forward to his presence on our club.”

Jacobs, who turned 28 today, hit .247 (118-for-477) with a career-high 32 home runs and 93 RBI for the Marlins in 2008.  The left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower also recorded 27 doubles, two triples and scored 67 runs in 141 games.  His 32 homers were the second-most among left-handed hitters in Marlins history, trailing Carlos Delgado’s 33 in 2005.  Jacobs’ 18 home runs away from home in 2008 ranked tied for seventh in the Majors.  He homered once every 14.9 at bats, which ranked 10th in the Majors and among first basemen trailed only Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Jacobs was acquired by Florida from the New York Mets on November 24, 2005 with Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Psomas in exchange for Carlos Delgado and cash.  He is a .262 career hitter with 80 home runs and 247 RBI.  He homered in his first Major League at bat on August 21, 2005 with the Mets.  Originally a ninth-round pick of the Mets in 1999, he was named the New York Minor League Player of the Year in both 2003 and 2005.

Drafted as a catcher, Jacobs was converted to first base during the 2005 season.  He and his wife, Vanessa, had twin daughters, Gabriella and Havana, on July 29, 2007.

The 25-year old Nunez was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 45 relief appearances for the Royals in 2008.

5 Comments

Clearly, sir, you were not a participant of the Mike Aviles Experience of 2008.

Off the cuff, I can’t say that his BA is going to be any better, but I can see a boost in power.

Sigh… already missing fantasy baseball. Sad, when all we have to talk about is Jacobs to the Royals. This would not be very noteworthy during the season. His numbers across the board should be a little better especially if he hits in the middle of that young lineup (Aviles, Gordon, Butler and Teahen).

What I like about this trade for Jacobs is that Kauffman stadium is just a bit of a better park for him to hit in. It’s 15 feet closer down the right field foul poll than Dolphin Stadium, equal in right-center (385) and it has a symmetrical curve toward center as apposed to the straight line toward center in Florida. Jacobs is such a dead pull hitter that this at least should enable him to sustain his power output if not hit a few more.
For fun I did a field on top of field comparison. Check it out at
http://fantasybaseball365.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/mike-jacobs-new-park-1.jpg

That may also help his AVG just a bit which perhaps fell victim to a low BABIP (.264). I think in an AL only league he’d be a real nice player to have for where you’d get him in the draft. Say .250-.260 with 30-35 HR’s? That’s what we were hoping for from Nick Swisher last season right? That’s my take at least.
Charlie S

akachazz, good job in bringing up Aviles. You’re right, he wasn’t a member of any one of my teams, so I must’ve overlooked him! As for Jacobs, I like him a lot as a CI or utility type option, but he’s no longer under the radar, and I do worry about his RBI opportunities and incredibly streaky hitting. Still a very useful player, but he won’t come at a discount this time around…And yes, I too hope that we’ll soon have more intriguing developments to discuss!

Zach

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