Sunday, November 30, 2008

Minor league signings

So the Royals have made quite a few NRI ML signings so far so this off season and I think I just found my favorite and the others:

RHP Franquelis Osoria
27 years old
200 lbs
Was 4-3 last year with a hefty 6.08 ERA in 43 APP 60.2 IP 31 K 12 BB
And a career line of: 4-9 5.48 ERA 104 APP 136.1 IP 72 K 37 BB
He's spent parts of the last 4 years with the Dodgers and Pirates and has shown parts of greatness flip flopping good year, bad year and lucky for us 2009 should be a good year for Franquelis. My only hope is if he makes the team he could shorten the first name, please. But a great no risk signing.

SS Luis Hernandez
24 years old
5' 10"
180 lbs
Just about anytime you can get someone's opening day anything for a no risk milb contract it's 99.78 percent always a good deal.
Luis faded out as the O's everyday SS even though posting a
.241 AVG through 79 AB in 36 GM's he collected in total last year 9 R's 19 H's 3 RBI and 2 SB. So yeah that looks real good compared to TPJ. So I hope in ST that Luis will get a good shot at the backup role. But hey it's the Royals and who wants to bet me he'll get a fair chance if it comes down to him a the Gm's pet ? But like above a 24 year old nice little SS I love this move.

C J.R House
29 years old
210 lbs
A former top Pirates prospect but alot of people are a former something and House is just another AAA catcher, just another Ken Huckaby if you will.
And if he makes the team over Brayan Pena ......................................

3B Corey Smith
26 years old
6' 1"
200 lbs
Has great power and limited speed in in 495 AB at AA Arkansas he hit .271 with an OBP of .321, 31 2Bs, 26 HR's and 80 RBI's plus 15 SB.
But he struggled in his 7 games at AAA Salt Lake. But he's got some great potential but so does/did Dallas McPherson. Still if he could stay at AA all year the Royals might have another Texas league MVP. And still another great signing.

Also signed are 24 year old 6' 6" lefty starter Carlos Sencion from AA Mississippi (Of course a another Braves connection) if you want to look yourself the stats are here
And 24 year old Mexican reliever Federico Castaneda a 6' 3" who in the AAA Mex league did alright and the compared him to a less talented Joakim Soria

O and then there's the curse of the shuttlecocks that's why we're losing thanks for nothing Nelson-Atkins Museum besides who's ever been to the museum I sure haven't.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 08

Reasons to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
  • You're alive
  • You're in a free America
  • You don't have to cook for CC Sabathia
  • You've got a computer
  • Ross Gload is your starting 1B
  • You've found one of the best* Royals blogs out there
  • Coco Crsip
  • You're a Royals fan and not a Detroit Lions fan
Happy Thanksgiving to all and please it's Thanksgiving, NOT TURKEY DAY !!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Thanks to Royals Review poster marbooty for pointing this out over at there in top 5 manliest Royals sites and according to his reference my blog received an 91 percent indication that my blog was written by a man (same site said 92 percent that BBAOT was written by a man) so umm yeah for whatever thats worth.
But mine should have been in the top 5 and Royals Nation should be tops with 95 percent.
So yeah whatever.

Should I interview The Tao again ?
Should I interview Sam Mellinger ?
Any other ideas ?

Hey my friends Jack from RN and Keith from TRT and know I've heard a rumor that Minda might be on, my question would be Greg Schaum why haven't you yet extend your invitation to California, MO's finest ???

Vacation note, while in Coco Beach, Florida at the local ice cream shop Tootie Frutie I bought a Royals hat for $7 it was the only Kc hat besides 6 Yankees hats so I had to rescue the little guy.

I'm working on a new header design for the site that hopefully will be up before Summer 2009.

Royals Nation's Karma points are gone

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm Back

But RamRam isn't so I guess that's no good but hey we've got some coco now. Found out about that one while in a Florida hotel, only to fly from Orlando to Cincinnati, W. Kentucky, and then from Cinncy to Kc on a little 50 seater plane !!!
MCI is a little airport.
So enough about me and on to my thoughts on some other Royals news:
Royals add Arbuckle (Did I spell it right ?) to the front office. Love it but does lack of OBP spell Arbuckle in the future ?
Lumsden is off the 40 man and Mac never really did anything since the trade so at least we still have Cortes.

I'll post more later guys when I get back in the groove. And still no followers ????

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'll be gone

Thursday the 13th till the 24th so um he best Royals blog out there will be off the air for awhile (or one of the best). But the bottom line is I'll be thinking about you while I'm on vacation in the Caribbean (or maybe not)
But while I'm gone sign up as a "follower" of my blog or else I might not post when I come back.
And if the Royals make a huge move while I'm gone I'm sure one of the following blogs will have something to read about it:

Baseball And Other Things
Royally Speaking
Royals Review
In Dayton We Trust

So yeah enjoy them till I'm back and become a RoRetc Radio-head

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I hate a $60m payroll

Moore's will be done as it appears from the latest Star out that we may have made the ONLY major offseason move.

Whatever happened to Moore's "major roster changes" plans ? Were they accidentally turned into confetti in the Obama victory party ?

We'll leave that thought and jump into some great Moore quotes from the article and remember words of Moore in green:
“As much as we’ve tried to improve our offense over the last couple of years*, I think we’ve done the best we can do at this point in time,”~~
*Gathright, Shealy, LaRue, Gload,Pena Jr, J. Smith, Guillen, Olivo

“I don’t know what else we’re going to be able to do this winter.”~~

The tight budget appears to rule out any major foray into the free-agent market.

“I don’t think so,” Moore admitted. “We’d have to do something (to make a major signing).”

So yeah you would have to do something !!! Guess what your the one who wasted $12M on Jose Guillen instead of waiting to use that money for a quality player.

Who'd you rather have ?
Jose Guillen or Ben Sheets ?
Jose Guillen or Adam Dunn ?
Jose Guillen or Jon Garland ?
Jose Guillen or Rafael Furcal ?
Jose Guillen or a Texas sheet cake ?

Now from that same article:

The Royals’ projected $60 million budget already has $41.4 million committed to nine players. Club officials now expect Jacobs to cost $3 million or more after briefings this week from MLB officials on the anticipated state of the market.

Those same projections suggest it will cost at least $12 million to retain Zack Greinke, Mark Teahen, John Buck and John Bale. All four are eligible for arbitration, and all but Greinke already make at least $2.2 million.

So I ask you why ? Why have a starter Olivo making $2.7m and backup Buck making $2.5m+ ?
Specially when you have Brayan Pena and backup catchers out there maybe Sal Fasano ?
Mark Teahen should be traded if you can get fair value in return, John Bale I think I'll pass.
And that only leaves Grienke. So Zack costs maybe half or $6m that leaves $6 and if you didn't have JG that's $18M but you do so as MLBTR states it: Royals May Be Done

Is it just me or useally when a team opens a new stadium or renovates their old one the payroll usually increases, but I guess the same rules don't apply for a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 23 years

Back to the article it says that, speculation points to the Royals as a possible landing place for former Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle.
I don't see it why if your Dayton would you want a guy breathing down your neck as you try and acquire a pletora of OBPless jocks ?
I’ve heard that (rumor),” Moore said, “but I haven’t spoken to Mike. I guess you could always create a position. Mike Arbuckle is a very talented guy. He did a tremendous job, obviously, in Philadelphia.”

You guessed it final point by Bob Dutton:

The Royals must still trim at least four players from their 40-man roster by Nov. 14. Even more cuts are needed by Nov. 20 if they want to protect newly eligible players from the Rule 5 draft — or create space to make a selection

I don’t think we’ve got a lot of protection issues,” Moore said. “A couple of guys at most. We’ve already added KK (Kila Ka’aihue). (Devon) Lowery was added. We’ll have meetings over the next couple of weeks and evaluate all of those guys.

“You’d also like to save room for a pick in the Rule 5, but we’re picking 11th.”

I'd be worried over my spot on the 40 if my name was Braun, Duckworth, Fulchino, Gobble, Hudson, Lumsden, Musser, Newman, Peralta, Costa, Gathright, or Smith
But Buck and Teahen should be fine

Finally I'm thinking of making a shirt to sell that states on the front:
2009 Royals They looked OBP in the eyes
And the back:
And still never made it to 1st........

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Interview with Keith of Royals Prospects

Below is an interview with Keith of the new Royals blog Royals Prospects
And your chance to get to know him a little better.

1. First off tell us a little about yourself and how you became a Royals fan.

I am a 29 year old account manager for a sports marketing firm in mid-Missouri. I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas and found my love of baseball through the Texas Rangers. We lived about 15 minutes from Arlington Stadium and then the Ballpark in Arlington so we went to 20-25 games a year. My high school years proved to be the best for me as a baseball fan as Juan Gonzalez, Dean Palmer and Will Clark led the Rangers into the post-season a few times in the late 90's. The late 90's also coincided with the premier of my favorite player, Mike Sweeney. I got a lot of my friends onto the Mike Sweeney band wagon and soon every time the Royals came into town we were there for the entire series.

It only seemed natural that after I moved to Missouri in November 2007 I would become a Royals fan. Unfortunately, I travel a lot during the summer and I only made it up to Kaufman Stadium once this past season but during that time I got my wife to claim the Royals as her team as well. I see a lot of promise with this team in the future, and that promise was substantiated by the investment that they have put into their drafts the past two years.

Now with the blog that I started I hope to make it to as many Burlington, Omaha and Northwest Arkansas games as I can to see the guys first hand that I have been writing about. The Royals farm system is what will allow this team to succeed or fail moving forward, so it's incredibly exciting to be able to track the progress of guys like Moustakas, Duffy and Hosmer as they move through the system.

2. So Kc's your team now even when the play Texas ?

Yes, I must admit though that should Michael Young ever slap a double against the wall against the Royals I'll be cheering for him. I equate Michael Young to Mike Sweeney, both are class acts.

3. And since you were a Rangers fan what's your take on the steroid issue ?

It certainly spoils the results of their playoff teams in '96, '98 and '99 seeing as though they had several players on those teams that were at one time suspected of using steroids. Pudge Rodriguez is a shadow of his former self size wise and we all saw the steep decline of Juan Gonzalez. I hate seeing what the inflated late 90's and early 2000 statistics did to the record books.

4. Your thoughts on the Jacobs trade ?

Whatever you write about the Jacobs trade, half the people will shake their head and agree while the other half will think you don't have a clue. I personally liked the trade, here's why.
1. You gave up a relief pitcher that put up solid numbers in 2008 but how much can you really trust middle relief pitchers? It seems like year in and year out someone will come away and knock your socks off unexpectedly and vice versa your previous bullpen stalwart will get figured out by the league and will get kicked around.
2. You have another power bat to put in your line-up. People are scared about Jacob's production going down because he is moving into Kaufman Stadium...have you seen how expansive the set up is at Dolphin Stadium?
3. Look at the alternatives; I don't see anything substantially better. I'll start with Ka'aihue, yes he put up great numbers in 2008, what does it hurt to see if he can follow it up with a solid 2009 season in Omaha as well? He'll only be 25 in March and is a year removed from hitting .246 in Wichita. He's certainly a great insurance policy if Jacobs breaks more wind with his bat than a newborn. I truly believe Shealy is a AAAA player and we all know what Gload is all about because we got to see a ton of him this past season.
4. He's a cheaper version of Adam Dunn, let's take him through his arbitration years and see what kind of numbers he can put up.

5. Your Thoughts on Johnny Giavotella ?

Giavotella is an on base machine, pure and simple. During his freshman – junior campaign with New Orleans he averaged an OBP of .468 and he only struck out a little over 10% of the time, that is Joe Mauer esque! It was obvious that the Royals thought his experience in the Sun Belt conference and the Summer Cape Cod League would transfer over well as he put up solid numbers for the Low A Burlington Bees. His OBP dropped some, but I would still be happy with a .350+ OBP every year, especially seeing as though it was his first experience in professional baseball. It will be interesting to see if the decent pop he had in college will transfer over and if he can increase his SB percentage.
I have a feeling that he will live in the shadow of Mike Moustakas as he makes his way up through the system but it's hard not to be excited about this infield combo as they more than likely go to Wilmington in 2009.

6. Your list of top 10 Royals prospects ?

1. Mike Moustakas
2. Eric Hosmer
3. Daniel Duffy
4. Kila Ka'aihue
5. Dan Cortes
6. Carlos Rosa
7. Michael Montgomery
8. Johnny Giavotella
9. Tim Melville
10. Jose Bonilla
I think the tough thing about making the Royals top 10 list is that only 3 of the guys on my list have played above high A ball, it certainly doesn't give us a lot of data to formulate an opinion. What we do have is potential, and there is a lot of it in the lower tiers of the Royals farm system.

7. Favorite Royals blog or board (besides own)?

There are definitely some great ones out there but I'll go with the first one I found when I moved to Missouri and that is Rany on the Royals. He puts a lot of thought into his posts and I generally agree with most of what he has to say except for a recent post concerning the Mike Jacobs deal where he thought Billy Butler would be traded. I just wish he posted more.

8. Most you've paid for a Royals hat?

I hate fitted hats so I only spent about $16 on a unstructured Royals cap that I'll wear until it falls apart or my wife makes me buy a new one.

9.If you had a hot dog at the K what's on it?

I'm a picky eater so I hate to say that my dog would only be lathered up with ketchup and mustard, pretty boring dog huh?

10. Could you steal a base off John Buck (who couldn't) ?

I have poor instincts so I'd probably get picked off first before I could even try it.

Thanks again to Keith of RP for taking the time to do this and once again you've got to check out his new blog, there's new stuff daily

Best of RoRetc.

100th Post here on RoRetc, and I've always wanted a best of section of links so here it is.
Mainly for archiving purpose's it will be continually updated

December 4 2008 Interview with Josh of Royalscentricity
November 4 2008 Interview with Keith of Royals Prospects
November 3 2008 5 quick questions with Tim Dierkes of MLBTR
October 22 2008 Interview # 2 with Will of Royals Review
October 19 2008 Interview #2 with Jeff of Royally Speaking
October 18 2008 Interview #2 with Mt.Royals
October 11 2008 Interview #2 with Minda
July 30 2008 Interview with Mitch of Northwestern Arkansas
May 5 2008 Meet Steve Stewart
May 3 2008 Interview with The Tao of In Dayton we Trust
March 29 2008 Interview with Jeff of Royally Speaking
March 28 2008 Interview with Minda of baseball and other things
March 24 2008 Interview with Myself
March 19 2008 Interview with Jack of Royals Nation
March 18 2008 Interview with Mt.Royals
March 14 2008 Interview with Keith of The Royal Tower
March 12 2008 Interview with Will of Royals Review

MERCH Series:
Royals Merch 3 Christmas edition
Royals Merch 2 revenge of the merch
Royals Merch

Ray W Awards:

Ray W award nominees 2008
Ideal "imaginary" Ballplayer

Worst Post Ever (aka 1st real post ever)(It's very um raw)
Michael Warren Maroth

From Feb 15 2009 - Feb 15 2010

OT: Vote Vote Vote

Election day 2008 exercise your right to vote !!!
Men and women have died to make sure you could, and what a better way to honor them then by voting ? God bless America and God bless Democracy !!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

5 quick questions with Tim Dierkes of MLBTR

Five quick questions with Tim Dierkes the creator of the famed site MLB Trade Rumors or throughout the baseball world known as MLBTR

1. What gave you they idea to start MLBTR and how did you turn it into the juggernaut that it's became ?

I started it as a hobby, as I have always been most interested in the hot stove side of baseball. I was fortunate to stumble upon a niche that needed to be filled - aggregating all the rumors worth reading. I didn't do much promotion; it just caught on.

2. Have you "ever" thought of charging a fee to access your site ?

Yes, I considered it at one point a few years ago. I decided it would be best for the business and for the readers if I stuck with ads rather than a subscription fee. Personally I think that many subscription sites would make more money giving away their content for free.

RoRetc EDIT: Thanks Tim for saving us cash strapped fans !!!

3. Do you think the Royals will land any top of the line free agents ?

I predicted they will sign Japanese starter Koji Uehara, but it's just a guess. I can see them being in the mix for a slugger like Adam Dunn as well.

4. What's your take on the Jacobs-Nunez deal i.e. if you were Dayton Moore would you have made that trade ?

I thought it was a bad move for an OBP-starved club with a couple of interesting 1B options already in-house. I definitely would not have made that trade. Nunez isn't anything amazing, but Jacobs is a bad fit for the Royals and most other teams.

5. Do you think the Royals will make anymore deals ?

It seems that they could shop David DeJesus around, given the weak market for center fielders. I imagine they'd be looking for a middle infielder or pitching.

Thanks Tim for taking time off to answer a few questions out of your busy day specially as the hot stove heats up.
Once again be sure to check out MLBTR as often as possible !

News and Notes " I've got to post something today edition"

Note # 1

OR as Flanagan might have put it "Hell No returns"
Miguel "Hell no I'm not coming back" Olivo IS coming back at least that's what the Kc Star is reporting and it's a fair move I like Olivo but one would hope we could land true #1 guy but hey maybe it means Buck is gone soon.
Only they didn't add Brayan Pena to the 40 man roster even though the same article reports that "Shake" Yabuta and Matt Tupman both cleared waivers and were outrighted to AAA
Also Angel Shancez was lost to the Blue Jays I mean just "Jays" to a wavier claim. I liked him but injuries got to him and now he goes the way of the Blanco and Gotay.......

And note # 1 takes up #'s 2 and 3 also (see Yabuta/Tupman and Shancez above)

Note # 4 involves the latest from the mailbag of Dick Kagel
The usually stuff involved here but a nice quote from Jacobs "
Jacobs addressed the spacious-size issue by saying if you're a home-run hitter, you can hit 'em anywhere.
So there you go who needs OBP, Mike is only looking to go yard !!!
Also some nice one's to answer:
Royals and I-Rod ?
Soria closer or starter ?

You know some of these make you wonder whether no one emails him questions anymore or can he just can't answer any of the tough ones ?

So if you've got a question about the Royals you can also send it to me at and I will answer them (even if it means not answering them)

Also Ryan Lefebrve if you are out there are you ever going to get back with me ????

EDIT before I even post this said the Royals DID add Pena to the 40-man now if we could only take Pena off............

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Check me out at Royally Speaking

I answer some questions for the great Royals blog Royally Speaking the article can be found below:

Check it out it's some great stuff from all across the AL Central I go under the pseudo name Ray (haha)