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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    skillset…..Wood is Arb eligible bc he is on the DL all yr….players on the 40 man roster acrue ML time on the DL…………good stuff Lesky

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    This issue is closely tied to the 40 man roster issues the Royals face this fall. Currently I count 42 players on the roster (4 are on the 60 day DL). Guthrie is the only free agent I see that will be coming off the roster at the conclusion of the season. I believe the Royals will choose the buyout option on Soria but will also announce a new deal with him on the same day so his spot will not open up on the roster. I also believe 7 to 10 prospects will be added to the roster this fall to protect them from the Rule V draft (I believe Odorizzi, Joseph, Ventura, Lamb, Sulbaran, Yambati, and Montgomery will be added and Dwyer, Keck and Melville will be considered). Therefore 8 to 11 roster spots need to be opened up. This fact will greatly impact the Royals decision making on the arbitration eligible players.

    With Guthrie a free agent I believe the Royals will non-tender Getz and Pena, trade Hochevar and Francouer, and DFA Hottovy, Arguelles, Bourgeois, and C Robinson. That opens up 9 roster spots. I would not be surprised to hear the Royals agree to a new contract with Guthrie before the Winter Meetings so this gets the minimum roster spots open. The next players to go to open up spots for free agents or players like Dwyer would be Verdugo, D Robinson, and Bueno.

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    Are Bourgeois and Wood going to qualify for Super Two status? Neither will have 3 years of service time this fall.

    As for the others… Getz should be non-tendered since the Royals have Abreu, Giovatella, Falu and Colon who can play 2nd. It doesn’t make much since to keep Getz and not a prospect like Dwyer or Montgomery. Paulino needs to be kept and he doesn’t have much bargaining power due to the injury. Pena should also be non-tendered and brought back on a minor league deal and then he can compete with Pina and Moore for the back-up job. If he signs elsewhere then the Royals can sign another catcher to a minor league deal and let the best one win the backup job. Hochevar needs to go. He has trade value as a moderate costing innings eater. He is durable and that has value as a starting pitcher. I don’t think the Royals could get much for him, but a low level player who is a moderate prospect should be able to be acquired.

    Loosing Hochevar, Getz, and Pena will open up three more spots on the roster for prospects.

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    David Lesky

    Well if that’s the case then I’d still drop Bourgeois from the 40 man. I’d keep Abreu as he likely won’t command much and would be worth the spot over many already on there.

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    Bourgeois will not be arbitration eligible this year. Depending on when or if he is called back up, he will end the season with somewhere between 2.051 and 2.081 days of service time, which is not enough to qualify for Super Two.

    Tony Abreu on the other hand, will be arbitration eligible as a Super Two despite not being listed.

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    I go back and forth on what to do with Hoch. He needs to go, but I see the Royals holding onto him until they sign a legitimate replacement. Then I can see Hoch being dealt in a package of garbage for garbage. It really sets Moore up for one of his famous early November trades where he cleans up some of the Rule 5 logjam, and not in a good way.

    With Abreu & Falu having outstanding years, can we finally put Getz to rest?

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