The Royals are squirreling away prospects - Baseball Forum - MLB Forum - Fantasy & College Baseball Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
Let's Go O's
HitOrGetHit's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,211
The Royals are squirreling away prospects

2010 record: 67-95
Finish: Fifth place, AL Central
2010 final payroll: $76.8 million
Estimated 2011 opening day payroll: $45 million

Offseason action

Gone are six of the Kansas City Royals’ seven most expensive players from 2010, a welcome purge in some instances – fare thee well, Jose Guillen(notes), Kyle Farnsworth(notes) and Yuniesky Betancourt(notes) – and heart-rending in others. Fans hardened by nearly three decades of perpetual losing grew attached to Zack Greinke(notes) and David DeJesus(notes), only to watch the Royals trade them in cold and calculating fashion.

Such is the dilemma Kansas City faces in extracting itself from the morass of bad baseball: Sacrifice short-term satisfaction in hopes that long-term success will rope back in the aggrieved. And aggrieved they are following the Royals’ trade of Greinke, the AL Cy Young winner in 2009, to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Alcides Escobar(notes), center fielder Lorenzo Cain(notes) and minor league pitchers Jeremy Jeffress(notes) and Jake Odorizzi.

With big bats on the way from the farm system, Escobar and Cain will be asked to do what they do well: catch the ball and provide up-the-middle stability. Jeffress throws 100 mph and could find himself in an eighth-inning role sooner than later. And Odorizzi adds to the plethora of prospects in one of the game’s most stocked farm systems since the Royals won the World Series in 1985, la Tampa Bay late last decade.

Of course, prospects are dreams, whereas the reality of the 2011 Royals now includes outfielders Jeff Francoeur(notes) and Melky Cabrera(notes) and starter Vin Mazzaro(notes). The latter came over as the main return from Oakland for DeJesus and will join the rotation. The outfielders are low-risk, minimal-upside plays for a team biding its time until the kids arrive.

Some payroll flexibility remains for Kansas City to pluck another veteran bat as well as a fifth starter, though the moves would not be of great impact. The 2011 Royals are a team in transition, one that will look a lot different at the end of the season than the beginning, and money spent at this point is profligate. Better to use the farm system for a minimum-salary plug-in and devote that extra $1 million to the player-development system that has the Royals on the cusp of something special.

Reality check

No, that’s not a joke. The Royals are going to be good. They have a chance to be very good. Particularly for a small-market, low-revenue organization, they are in the best position possible.

The farm system overflows with talent at nearly every position. At Double-A Northwest Arkansas, the Royals will employ four high-ceiling, left-handed starters who, barring injury, will be in a future rotation: John Lamb, Mike Montgomery(notes), Chris Dwyer and Danny Duffy. Same goes for Odorizzi, and there are a handful of others in the organization who could become impact-level major league pitchers.

The position players are nearly as bountiful. Third baseman Mike Moustakas(notes) and first baseman Eric Hosmer should man the corners until the end of the decade – longer if the Royals somehow can convince their agent, Scott Boras, to allow them to sign extensions before they reach free agency. Wil Myers might have a better bat than both, and he’ll soon move from catcher to outfield. Christian Colon should shift over to second and fill out the infield with Escobar.

Most important, Kansas City has absolutely no cash committed to its major league roster after this season. None. Yes, the Royals will exercise Joakim Soria’s(notes) $6 million option in 2012 (as well as the $8 million option in ’13 and $8.75 million in ’14), but that’s it. And it gives general manager Dayton Moore an extreme amount of flexibility in building around the prospects.

He could flip one of the lefties and minor league surplus for an established left fielder. He could pinch pennies next offseason, too, when there is a dearth of pitching talent on the free-agent market, and wait until the potential jackpot in the 2013 offseason to add a big-time, established starter (Cole Hamels(notes), Matt Cain(notes), Jered Weaver(notes), Francisco Liriano(notes), Roy Oswalt(notes), John Danks(notes), Chad Billingsley(notes), Shaun Marcum(notes) and, perhaps, Zack Greinke).

There are going to be growing pains in 2011, and a 100-loss season is eminently possible. Futile though it may be to ask for patience at this point, the Royals do so in good faith. This is a team on the come, and it’s about damn time.
Source: Yahoo Sports
HitOrGetHit is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 02:27 PM
Forum All Star
4584's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,249
If there is one thing that fans normally aren't it is patient, but it does sound like KC will have it all in place in the future. I personally feel a good farm system is great to have and it seems like sadly some teams have gotten away from the idea of "home grown" talent
4584 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 06:03 PM
Little Leaguer
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lawrence
Posts: 16
Love this headline
Lee6Pack is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:14 PM
Ace of the Staff
JustinVerlander35's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Detroit
Posts: 12,944
Royals are the Pirates of the AL, trade away everyone that has talent.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

JustinVerlander35 is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 10:54 PM
Fear the Fru
fru's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,393
They did not accomplish much with what they had, so why not give the young talent a chance to shine. Soria who in my opinion is the elite reliever in the league, imo, was retained and still have money to invest in their future.
fru is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 02:10 AM
Forum All Star
4584's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,249
Originally Posted by Lee6Pack View Post
Love this headline
I did also and to the Forum
4584 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Baseball Forum - MLB Forum - Fantasy & College Baseball Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome