* Dayton Moore's latest explanation for acquiring Yuniesky Betancourt: "We have people who believe Yuniesky Betancourt is going to continue to get better through a change of scenery. When our top advisors, people I consider the very best evaluators in the game, advise me that, 'If you can get this guy, you get him,' that's exactly what we did."
I'll surely revisit the trade and Moore's various quotes at the end of the season, when Betancourt has had the opportunity to be a horrible player for another few months, but in the meantime what are the odds that the Royals have "the very best evaluators in the game"? And are they the same guys who thought trading for Tony Pena Jr. and handing him a starting job was a good idea?
* Fausto Carmona has responded well to being sent down to the minors last month. He took a shutout into the seventh inning last night at Triple-A and is now 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts since the demotion. Perhaps most importantly he's handed out just four walks in 32.1 innings after walking 41 batters in 60.2 frames with the Indians.
* Ian Snell has also thrived following his self-imposed demotion to Triple-A. He allowed just one unearned run in 6.1 innings last night, giving him a spectacular 0.34 ERA and 34/8 K/BB ratio in 26.1 innings at Indianapolis.
* T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers "have officially entered themselves in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes." While that just makes them one of many teams interested in the Blue Jays' ace, the Rangers' superior stable of prospects could make them the front-runners for Halladay if they decide to take the plunge.