As the Royals Turn
Bad news popped up in the Royalsphere yesterday when Bob Dutton put out an article that stated the Royals would have to keep their 40 man, draft and international signings under $70 million. Â While Dutton later was corrected by someone in the front office that it is just the 40 man roster that needs to be under $70 million it speaks to larger concerns for Royals fans.
Will this ownership group ever commit to actually putting a winner on the field? Â If not winning will this management group ever learn some public relation skills? Â Were the 2009 and 2010 payrolls nothing more than a pony show for a city that just funded a rebuilt stadium? Â Will this change when the 2014 TV money kick in or will the Glass family commit to a much lower figure than the extra $25 million or so that they will profit from?
Those are big questions and important ones but how will this factor in the 2013 season and beyond is what most Royals fans want answered. Â Well it certainly makes things tight but that is okay because the Royals don’t have many holes and this payroll tightening may be forcing Dayton Moore to hold off on his usual quick approach. Â In the past and even this year GMDM has been one to jump out on the market and fire before even knowing what is going to happen with other signings. Â Sometimes that can work out as I believe we are seeing in the Jeremy Guthrie deal but more often than not it seems the team has been a bit steep on what they’ve paid free agents like Jeff Franceour, Bruce Chen and Kyle Farnsworth.
Hopefully these constraints will force the Royals to cut bait on Luke “he’s gonna turn it around” Hochevar, eat some of Frenchy or Chen’s contracts and keep GMDM out of an unneeded multi-year move with a utility player. Â The best thing the Royals could do at this point is wait for Zack Greinke to sign with the Texas Rangers, watch Anibal Sanchez ink with the Dodgers and go toe to toe with the Blue Jays for the rights to RA Dickey. Â If Toronto isn’t willing to give up prospect Travis D’Arnaud then the Royals won’t have to give up Wil Myers to beat them out in a prospect swap. Â The knuckleballer’s one year deal at $5 million can easily fit into the Glass family demands if the Royals cut HochÂ or get someone to take a portion of Franceour’s deal. Â That would leave the Royals with a much better, more affordable and younger team all while staying under that magical $70 millions soft cap.
Perhaps this whole thing was orchestrated by Glass because he didn’t like the fact that GMDM was thinking about shipping Myers out for two years of James Shields. Â Perhaps Glass just wanted to hang onto an asset instead of paying $9 million to save a general managers job for a couple of seasons. Â Isn’t that what this all comes down to? Â The general manager hasn’t been able to field a winner in six seasons and is trying to save his job any way he can.
As Royals fans we have to ask ourselves, is this an owner who is helping our team by keeping its young and cheap assets or is this just a greedy owner continuing to line his pockets? Â There is no right answer as we just don’t know the truth despite what media, bloggers and friends tell us and write about. Â Its complicated and will likely play out for us the next 24 months.
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