Wade Out of That Water
After a season of great pitching the Royals go into the offseason with plenty of questions in their starting rotation.
Can they resign Ervin Santana?
Do they offer Bruce Chen a contract?
Can Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura hold down spots in the rotation in 2014?
Is Wade Davis a starter?
While the first three questions are questions the Royals front office staff should be asking the last one has already been answered.
Look at the difference in those numbers. Basically Davis is a below average starter and well above average reliever. That comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched Davis, except for maybe the front office and managerial staff of course. The idea that they are even thinking about Davis as a starter is deserved of psychological testing especially when the Royals will likely have to part ways with Luke Hochevar to clear payroll space to fill other holes on this roster.
If it wasn’t for Hoch’s possible trade value after an outstanding pen season that the Royals should be weighing whether they should keep Davis or Hoch. If I was Glass I would be telling GMDM to get rid of Davis so that I can get out from under the possibilities of Dayton selling me on picking up the options further down the road. Its just not as easy to trade off Davis unless some team can see something in Davis that the Royals can’t.
Baseball is becoming a young pitching game, just look at the Cardinals who advanced to the NLCS with Wacha, Miller, Martinez and Rosenthal all contributing heavily to their success. Next to those Cards are the A’s who will try to duplicate their feat with a 23 year old Sonny Gray on the mound tonight for his rotation brothers Parker, Griffin and Strally all of which are 25 or below. We and the front office have seen what Davis is as a starter and its time to try to duplicate what the best are doing and with arms like Kyle Zimmer, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura the Royals at least have options to go to.
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