Found December 26, 2012 on
The Flagrant Fan:
If you look at the overall value of non-pitching ballplayers over the last two seasons, you would probably guess most of the top five players. But it is almost guaranteed that you would miss who comes in at Number Five. You have Braun on top. Yup. Cabrera is second. Indeed. Cano is third. Got it. McCutchen is fourth. A mild surprise, but okay. And then there is Alex Gordon. Alex Gordon? Yes, Alex Gordon, the king of Missouri.
And Alex Gordon is one of those rare players where Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference actually agree. Fangraphs says Gordon has compiled 12.8 fWAR the last two seasons. B-R gives him 13.3 rWAR. The problem for Gordon is that he has played for the Kansas City Royals, a team whose celebrated team bloggers are more known for their ire and anger at the team's management than anything else. The Royals have lost 181 games over the last two seasons.
But maybe this season will be different in Kansas City. The additions of James Shields, Ervin Santana and ...
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While he says that either starting pitcher Luke Hochevar or outfielder
Jeff Francoeur could be traded this offseason, Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star
doesn’t believe the Kansas City Royals will simply dump either player.
Understand many want @royals to dump Hochevar and Francoeur for whatever available. Either could be traded. Don't see either being dumped.
After the James Shields and Wade Davis trade, the Kansas City Royals signed four veteran players to Minor League deals. Left-handed reliever George Sherrill and right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler, along with outfielders Willy Taveras and Xavier Nady should get Major League spring training invites.
Sherrill, 35, has nine years of Major League experience with the Mariners, Orioles...
The Kansas City Royals didn't want him back, and most people think Yuniesky Betancourt will get a minor league deal at best, but his agent says otherwise. Betancourt and his agent believe the 30-year old will find a Major League gig soon.
According to comments made by Betancourt's agent, Alex Esteban, to MLB Trade Rumors, Betancourt is drawing a lot of interest.
Derek Lowe is aiming for a rotation spot, Yuniesky Betancourt is fielding offers, and the Rays continue to search for a bat.