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Mark Teahen To The White Sox: Why This Deal Is a Win For Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 14:  Mark Teahen #24 of the Kansas City Royals bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on June 14, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Anthony EmersonAnalyst INovember 6, 2009

There have been mixed reports about the potential inter-division deal involving the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

The Royals are apparently trying to send their popular third baseman/outfielder Mark Teahen to division rivals, the White Sox.

Nothing's been confirmed, but the deal is close to being made official.

The Royals are apparently going to get White Sox infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields.

On the outside, it appears that the White Sox are getting a good player who can play a ton of positions.

However, the story goes much deeper.

Teahen is 29 years old, hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 2009.

Getz, 27, hit .261 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 107 games.

Fields, 27, hit .222 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.

The stats of Fields and Getz pale in comparison to Teahen's, but both Getz and Fields are two years younger than Teahen. They could both develop into good hitters.

Teahen's average has been erratic at best throughout his career. His RBI numbers have gone down every year since 2006, his second season in the Majors. He's never had more than 69 RBI.

Getz and Fields are loaded with potential. Getz was great in his rookie year.

However, if this deal goes down, it has the potential to swing the other way, towards the White Sox. But as it stands right now, the Royals look like the winners of this trade.

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