Agreed, but the "and let Dayton . . ." part gives me pause.
Well, if you give Dayton real money he can go get real pitchers. Remember we have to over sign to get who we get. So if you're grading Dayton on the Gil Meche signing, that wasn't a bad signing.
The trade for Sanchez was BAD, but let's face it no one knew it would be that big of a whiff. Everyone knew it was questionable. And to be honest Sanchez has the talent, but not the heart. He's just collecting a check.
So yes give Dayton real money and let him sign some real pitchers, not second rate pitchers. Take off all of the restraints. It's time go for it now (2013) or we'll have to wait another 8 years.
Colon isn't much of a hitter and he's not better defensively. Let Getz be.
Getz is a fix for second but he needs to stay healthy!!! You can't call him a fix until he plays atleast a whole season healthy.....
We need 2 starting pitchers and we are good to go!
Interesting and obvious article from ESPN in 2010, pretty much sums it up.
"So if you're grading Dayton on the Gil Meche signing, that wasn't a bad signing."
it turned out to not be a bad signing, but it was stilll a risky one. meche was trying to shake the injury-proned" label, and had never established himself as a top of the rotation type prior to coming to kc. in fact, he came to kc from seattle with a career 4.65 era.
the guy just happened to have his best years while pitching in kc. jonathan sanchez came to kc with a better resume than meche, and the royals took a substantially lower risk on sanchez than they did meche.
point being, when you're a team like the royals ..... you have to be willing to take big risks, many times unconventional risks. whether it be trade or free agency, the royals are going to have to take chances on guys with red flags.
sometimes the gamble pays off, other times it doesn't -- armchair GMs be damned.
I pretty much think all Royals fans agree whole heartly thatthe addition of multiple front line starting pitcher is required this off season.
A couple of off seasons ago I was pushing for the Royals to sign Cliff Lee as a FA , when they had Greinke under contract.
If an org. really wants to win they have to commit to pay the verybest starting pitching,
Quality starting pitching is the quickest way to turn a non winng org. into a winner.
If Cole Hamel s is available I'd love to see them go afterhim and bring Greinke back....
There is no reason to believe that a competetive Royals teamcould not support a Payroll of $80 plus million or more...
Imo they have to spend a combined 35 million a season on 2 top tiers starters this off season...Either in trade or FA signing.
The real point is that Glass needs to give Moore the ability to sign 2 true aces this off season which means breaking the bank. We would be the talk of baseball if we signed 2 of these 3, Greinke, Hamels, Marcum.
And Glass would have a full stadium every night too and would *gasp* make money from that!
No more risks, just straight guarantees (minus injury).
<<I think the odds are about 100% the Royals go out and get at least one legitimate starter for nxt season . . . >>
Define "legitimate." I think they will get a starter, and probably two, but a lot of us would have considered Sanchez a "legitimate" starter when he was aquired.
there's no way that the rest of baseball allows the royals to snatch 2 ace types off of the open market. greinke and hamels, for example, would just have to absolutely prefer kc over everyone else for that to happen.
i think that there is a possibility that the royals will push hard for a top of the rotation pitcher on the open market, and somewhat less of a possibility that they trade for 1.
we'd be extremely lucky for both to happen.
with the royals having a few in-house options ready for full duty return by 2014, i wouldn't expect them to make more than 1 long-term commitment to a starter - probably a free agent.
after that, they may trade for the best stop-gapper that they can find in addition.
Obviously starting pitching should be the key focus to the offseason, but there are still several areas where the team can improve. Second base is one. If Chris Getz can stay healthy and play like he is right now, then he's fine, but those are two HUGE "if's" as he's never done so in his career.
We will need someone else in the outfield, as Frenchy is pretty much showing last year was a career year aberration, and I have huge doubts about Cain's offensive ability. Maybe Myers will solve this, maybe he won't.
This team lacks any sort of on base skills outside of Gordon and Butler (and maybe Hosmer if he can get his average back up), so that is an area that definitely needs to be improved upon.
Starting pitching, though, should be far and away the top priority.