A Royal Opinion: Making up for lost time.
Through a combination of sickness, work, and all around laziness, I haven’t written anything in a while. Other than that truthfully the 2012 season was such a large¬†disappointment that I just needed to get away from thinking about the Royals. ¬†Also watching the Athletics and Orioles make the playoffs and yet another deep run by the Cardinals has made me¬†hungrier for a winner in KC.¬† All of this has contributed to my playoff silence, but with the world series over and the off-season upon us I break that silence and prepare for 2013.
World Series Tidbit
I really do not like Giants in the same way I don’t like the Cardinals. Every move even horrible ones like Barry Zito’s contract seem to work out. They have drafted well, won trades, and signed their young talent. They are in many ways everything I want the Royals to be. Yes, they are in ¬†bigger market and have more money, but the idea behind the Giants is what I want. I want the Royals to have homegrown pitchers with a free agent or two leading a good enough offense that doesn’t hurt itself. It is pure jealousy and that is why I can’t cheer for so many playoff teams.
So far the big off-season move has been the¬†acquisition of tall lefty Chris Volstad.¬†¬†To put it in the nicest way possible, Volstad stank last season and has mediocre at best in all but his rookie season. So the question becomes is Dayton Moore really trying to build a rotation that includes Volstad or is this just¬†organizational depth? ¬†I lean towards this just being depth, but the fact that¬†¬†he will cost several million could make him a serious contender for a rotation spot. Either way I don’t hate this move now; however that may change depending on remaining moves and playing time. Volstad actually reminds me of Luis Mendoza in a way, doesn’t strike out many while relying on ground balls to his defense. The Royals found a mostly competent starter in Mendoza so maybe they can find one in Volstad. Still consider me a¬†skeptic.
We Know Who We Are
Those are the words Dayton Moore uttered in regards to free agent signings.¬†Immediately after seeing that I kissed goodbye any fantasy of getting Anibal Sanchez. I fully realize that the Royals are not in a position to completely break the bank and sign a free agent; however, if Dayton Moore wants to compete in 2013 or 2014 he has to make a big splash in free agency. Now it doesn’t have to be a super expensive guy like Grienke or Sanchez, but potentially overpaying to get a guy like Edwin Jackson to come in is what they need. Signing guys like Bruce Chen or Jeremy Guthrie are not horrible, but without a frontline guy who will go out and get you a win the Royals will NOT win the division in 2013. And to get that guy the Royals will have to be¬†aggressive and they will have to overpay.
A way to be Aggressive and Overpay
It came out that the Hanwha Eagles plan to post Korean left hander Ryu Hyun-Jin. ¬†No where near as big as Yu Darvish or Daisuke Matsusaka, Hyun-Jin could be ¬†very smart overpay for the Royals. As always the posting system will ensure that you pay more,probably close to 15 mil, just to get the chance to work out a deal, but it would be a chance to get a potential frontline starter.Dayton Moore said he wanted a starting rotation that would accumulate 1000 innings and Ryu is an¬†innings¬†eater. ¬†It would be a risk because he isn’t facing major league hitters, but this is the type of risk I would rather see the Royals take than overpay for a Kyle Lohse, or trade for an Edinson Volquez.
It is very possible that at the end of the week both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana will be free agents. Neither of these guys should get huge money and if the Royals want to improve their rotation then they should both of these pitchers serious consideration. Both of these guys are coming off rough years and both should be¬†candidates¬†for Dayton ¬†Moore’s favorite one-year deal. Both could use less pressure to try and right the ship and the Royals could use any upgrade they can get in the rotation. I mean come one they trotted out Jonathan Sanchez for 12 starts in 2012.
There is a lot that could happen in this off-season and after 2012 unfortunately, I am expecting the worst. I fully expect Dayton Moore to sign the wrong guy in free agency as well as trade away the wrong piece to get a pitcher with upside but control issues. This is what it the Royals have done to my fandom. What do you all think will be Dayton Moore’s move this off-season and will it work out?
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