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If there’s a fan base pessimistic about everything, it’s the Kansas City Royals fan base. Not being in the playoffs since 1985 and not having a winning season since 2003 does that to you. And with all the other misfortunes the Royals experienced over the years, you can’t blame fans for being pessimistic.
So when the Royals traded top prospect Wil Myers, pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and infielder Patrick Leonard for Tampa Rays starters James Shields and Wade Davis, a lot of Royals fans, bloggers and pundits panned the trade. They claimed the Royals gave up too many prospects and traded potential long-term success for short-term gain. They believed the trade smacked of desperation, a cynical move by General Manager Dayton Moore to try to keep his job.
But what were the Royals supposed to do? Look, the Rays weren’t about to give up David Price or Jeremy Hellickson for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard. And I doubt adding someone like Eric Hosmer and/or Bi...
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by John Viril—
In the aftermath of Sunday’s Shields/Myers mega-trade (since upstaged by the Choo/Bauer 9-player deal between the Reds, Indians and Diamondbacks), most pundits have ignored the current makeup of the Royals’ roster. With Wade Davis slotted to start, Kansas City now has four pitchers competing for one rotation slot.
Yet, Royals GM Dayton Moore just signed two rehabbing...
Unlike in any other sport, MLB franchises constantly trade proven Major League talent for unproven Minor League players. This is completely different than trading for draft picks in the NFL or NBA. In baseball, a franchise is trading for a player based on what they did against sub-par competition and the promise of what they can do in the future, but most of which will never make...
Jeff Francoeur will again man right field for the Kansas City Royals. General manager Dayton Moore said Wednesday that while the Royals are open to adding players, Francoeur will again be a key part of the Royals in 2013.
Francoeur had the worst season of his career in 2012 as he batted just .235 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI. Francoeur who is known as a free swinger managed an on...
Wil Myers On December 9th, the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals swung a trade involving some notable players. In the late evening, starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis were dealt to K.C. for outfielder Wil Myers, pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery, and third baseman Patrick Leonard. The move added depth to a Royal starting rotation that appears to be...
Xavier Nady and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a minor league contract.
The 34-year-old outfielder is a .270 career hitter with 101 home runs and 406 RBIs during 11 seasons in the majors. He has played for the Padres, Mets, Pirates, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Giants.
Nady spent last season with Washington and San Francisco, hitting a combined .184 with four...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Xavier Nady to a minor league contract for the 2013 season. The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date.
Nady, 34, has played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (2000, 2003-05), Mets (2006), Pirates (2006-08), Yankees (2008-09), Cubs ...
Whenever Dayton Moore makes a move, the press is sure to fire.
Nothing like trading sunny Florida for the cold, blustery Midwest in mid-December for James Shields and Wade Davis.
The two pitchers arrived in Kansas City on Wednesday to undergo physicals and check out Kauffman Stadium from the home clubhouse for the first time. Shields and Davis became members of the Royals on Sunday in a blockbuster trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers and...
by John Viril—
With word coming from NY that the Mets are on the verge of trading 2012 N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, the question rises should the Kansas City Royals dig into their pool of prospects to land yet another starting pitcher?
The answer is a resounding, YES!
The Royals are already pot-committed to winning in 2013. They have already made the decision that their current...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. If the Royals' blockbuster trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday accomplishes anything, at least in the Royals' minds, it will inspire a major mood makeover within the organization. And that mood makeover already has started with Moore and manager Ned Yost.
Moore and Yost were all smiles at Wednesday morning's press conference introducing newly acquired...
The Kansas City Royals have signed Xavier Nady to a minor league deal. Nady appeared in 59 games in the 2012 season, splitting time between Washington and San Francisco.
Nady batted .184/.253/.316 with four home runs in 152 at-bats last season.
The last time Nady was a productive part of a team was the 2008 season. That year he set career highs with a .305 batting average, 25 home...
Do you trade for an established player, or trade for a prospect with huge potential?
That’s the question reportedly splitting the baseball industry in regards to the Tampa Bay Rays’ just-completed trade which sent out James Shields in return for uber-prospect Wil Myers. But that being said, as the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham points out, the Rays always have a way of judging...
Prospect Wil Myers and others head to Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis.
In the past an as recent as Monday, I’ve referred to so many Mets fans being “prospect drunk”. What I mean by that is that they insanely go berserk for these overly hyped prospects who to a great degree never pan out. When the Royals traded Myers and and some other prospects to the Rays for...
A week ago, I was one of many who criticized the Royals decision to trade a package of young talent — including Wil Myers, one of the best offensive prospects in the game — for James Shields, even though I’m a big fan of his and I think he’s likely to provide a significant upgrade to Kansas City’s rotation. The argument against making the trade essentially went something...
The Rays began life after James Shields in earnest with their first transaction since the big move Wednesday. The club is reportedly close to inking pitcher Roberto Hernandez — formerly and better known as Fausto Carmona — to a contract. Terms have yet to be revealed, but given his struggles the last two seasons — a 5.41 ERA and 1.8 K/BB in 202 innings — and his suspension...