Kansas City also obtains pitcher Tankersley
Fantasy owners might look at the Terrence Long-Darrell May trade and scoff, but there are fantasy implications here. May is a capable lefty who comes off a brutal 5.61 ERA, but in 2003 that ERA was 3.77 and he was labeled unlucky. And all of this came in an extreme pitcher's park in Kansas City. Now he goes to an exteme pitcher's park, and not as an ace who has to face Pedro Martinez, Tim Hudson and other aces, but as the Padres' fourth or fifth starter. Sounds like an NL-league sleeper for 12 wins for sure.
Long has little fantasy value, even if -- and it shouldn't happen -- the Royals give him 500 at-bats. So why did K.C. do this? Well, don't forget about Dennis Tankersley. Power arm, big strikeout numbers in the minors, and he needs a chance in someone's rotation. He might get lit up initially in the AL, but it takes many strikeout pitchers time to stop walking people. Tankersley is only 25 and throws 95 mph, though inconsistently. He led the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League in ERA last season. In deep AL leagues, he's worth a late pick to see if he can make the rotation and succeed. Someday soon, fantasy owners will need to know his name.
The Royals also obtained right-hander Dennis Tankersley.
May will give the Padres a starter who has averaged close to 200 innings the last two seasons, while Bukvich gives the Padres a power arm out of the bullpen.
May went 9-19 with a 5.61 ERA in 31 starts in 2004. He threw three complete games, including a five-hit shutout of the Baltimore Orioles on June 9.
May led the Royals in wins and innings pitched for the second consecutive season. He threw 186 innings last season and 210 in 2003, when he was 10-8. Over parts of six big league seasons with four teams, May has a career record of 25-39 with a 4.98 ERA.
"We think his numbers should improve," general manager Kevin Towers said. "Having a left-hander in this division is important. It's a good gamble. We're moving a guy who was an extra outfielder for a guy who has a chance to be a starter."
With Long gone, Xavier Nady will have more playing time in the outfield. The Padres sent the Royals a little less than $1 million in cash to help offset Long's $4.7 million salary, but will still save approximately $500,000 in salary in the deal.
Bukvich appeared in nine game for the Royals last season, going 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA and one save.
Tankersley went 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in nine games, including six starts, last season.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press