by John Viril—
At the end of the 2012 season, when Kansas City GM Dayton Moore and owner David Glass swore they would address the starting pitching during the upcoming off-season, Royals fans expressed a lot of well-deserved skepticism. Missouri is known as the “show-me” state and the Kansas City fanbase had heard management make too many hollow pledges to rely on promises.
Today, the Kansas City Royals brought back starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on a 3 year $25 million contract. This deal, on the heels of their trade for former Angels starter Ervin Santana, proves they’re serious.
Frankly, I’ve been beating the drum to bring back Guthrie since the final month of the 2012 season. Obviously. Guthrie is a good fit with the Royals. His performance down the stretch proves it (3.13 ERA, 130 ERA+ and an xFIP of 4.31). It was only common sense to bring back a guy that has proven successful with the team.
Of course, the process was not quite that easy. Guthrie’s agent insisted on a 3-year ...