Thursday, December 9, 2010

Frenchy Yost and Melk

So as I know, you already know, the Royals have signed Jeff Francoeur to a 1 year $2.5m dollar one year fling with a mutual option for 2012 if both sides hit it off. Not a surprise at all as 99.687 percent of Royals fans knew this day was looming, the only real shocker is that it didn't happen sooner. I mean we all knew this was coming folks. I guess the real shocker is Jeff Francoeur is still only going to be 27 and is actually younger then Zack Greinke as shocking as that sounds, considering he's been "loved" in Atlanta, New York, and Texas. And when it comes to guys with career OBP of .310 you can do worse right ?

Now for the Yost part of the blog post, in case you happened to miss it in yesterday's Star. Ned Yost had this to say:
“Next year is the (true) beginning of the process,” he said. “We’re another year closer to getting those kids ready to being in the big leagues. It’s going to be a pivot

So those of you who've been trusting the process for the last couple of years....

You were trusting in something that hadn't even started yet.

And since I'm lazy and didn't get this posted yesterday.....
The Royals have almost reached a one year deal with Melky Cabrera on a one year $1.25m deal. Which means it looks like it may be the end of the line for Alex Gordon and or Mitch Maier in Kc.

Finally in keeping with the innuendos of earlier in the Rule 5 draft today the Royals selected (to) Adcock, Nate a right-handed pitcher from the Pirates organization. But the Rule 5 draft was somewhat bitter sweet as we say goodbye to one season phenom Rowdy Hardy who was selected by the Braves in the AAA phase.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tenders and Greinke

Well first let's start with yesterday's news, the deadline to offer arbitration. Everyone with the exception of Josh Fields was signed (Betemit and Pena) or offered arb. (Everyone else).
Not really any surprises there except maybe that Kyle Davies was offered arbitration, next year he's really going to have to step up his game.
The contracts of Wilson Betemit and Bryan Pena are great in my opinion, only $1m, and $660K respectively. Bringing back Betemit for only a million is a great bargain for the Royals if he can build off last years career resurrecting season. And Brayan Pena, well I've always been a Pena fan and you guys already know that, hopefully he'll be able to have another 2009 like season. During the Dutton article we are reminded of this shocker:
“I think we’re pretty content with what we have,” Moore said.“Kendall is going to be back at some point in time.
Like most I had all but forgotten that Jason was even still alive, seems like when you don't see Jason every single day on the field, well you kind of forget he still walks this earth. But seriously Kendall is going to come back sometime next season? From a torn rotator-cuff, in late August......

And while we're at it their are quite a few non-tender guys the Royals should look into, first on the list is long time Sox closer Bobby Jenks. Sure we have Joakim Soria as a far better closer, and Jenks won't be cheap, at all. But I've hated him so much that I'd love to have him for some perverted reason. Other guys that would be great additions if signed cheap enough: Taylor Buchholz, Travis Buck, D.J. Carrasco (always been a fan of DJ), Tony Gwynn Jr, Edwin Encarnacion, Lastings Milledge (still on 26 on opening day 2011), Andrew Miller, etc. And hopefully I'll be able to go more in depth on all the non tenders I'd like for us to look at maybe Monday if I get the chance.

Zack Greinke is still in trade talks and now it's back to evolving the Jays, as they compete ferociously with the Rangers and maybe Yankees. According to the Toronto Sun the guy the Royals would want most in a potential deal is, and I quote:
And now this week Drabek is the man the Royals want as the Jays try to acquire another ace.
And that would also have to include a couple other prospects but I'm not really the best guy to talk with about prospects. But still with so much talent on the way is it really a good idea for the Royals to be dealing their ace and only real star (besides Soria). ? The offer would have to be pretty incredible in my opinion. It's questionable at best and we'll have to wait and see but I've always thought a sure thing is better then an if. I mean a ace in the hold beats two birds in the bush, especially if those birds are Jays...... Right ?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Welcome Back !

Well it's been a horribly rough year for me and the Royals but we'll make it through this just like any couple who wants it bad enough. So thanks for coming back to read my nonsense again folks.
The third annual Ray W awards will be coming your way with the nominations coming soon and the actual awards coming early January. But for now.......

It appears that so far the only big news since the Giants world series win on the Royals front is the farewell of Brian Bannister and Victor Marte, and a few others*. Well of course that and the fact that Zack Grienke is so much closer to being a New York Yankee or a Texas Ranger. Weird enough as that sounds is that there are a few people around Royals fanosphere that are actually in favor of trading Zack. The reason behind that being that they feel that since Zack doesn't want to be a Royal we should get rid of him and that's a fine idea but do we really trust Dayton and company to get the full haul for him ? Right now is not the time, maybe if the right deal comes along but seriously Greinke is the Royals biggest star right now and to a lot of the average fans trading ZG, well it'd be a big ole slap in the face.

On the free agency side the only name I've heard has been Kevin Millwood.....
Let that sink in for a minute, perhaps this would have been good news in 2000, or even 2006. But it's going to be the 2011 season and Kevin Millwood was 4 - 16 last season with a 5.10 ERA.
Sure it's not atrocious by Royals standards and Kevin is a gamer, but perhaps that is the problem. Everyone has got to have that worry in the back of their mind that it's just another Joe Mays, Scott Elarton, Sidney Ponson type of pitcher and thats perfect for the Royals plans to stay below-average.

*I didn't mention it when it happened and I'm not going to mention it now, David DeJesus was a great player injury's and all, and to trade him for the return they got...... I sure hope I'm wrong on this one.