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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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    All I am going to say about this trade is that this will finally be a fun year to be a Royals fan. We have put together a pretty darn good rotation that if all things work the way we hope should be just fine, shields pitches in the 3 era range, Santana goes back to 10′ and 11′ numbers, Guthrie pitches all year like he finished last year, Davis already is what people think Odorizzi could become, and we will have a real battle for the #5 spot. And don’t forget that at some point this year and hopefully for all of next year we will have Duffy and Paulino coming back. I am pumped up for this year. Just think what will happen when all the great KC fans start showing up to the K again. KC has some of the best fans in all of sports and when we have even a little taste of winning we show up in droves. Myers, could be a stud, Montgomery could turn it around and Odorizzi could develop into a #3 type starter, if that happens well suck, but when the K gets rockin and all of KC starts showing up to watch the Royals win, we won’t care and then Glass will have a ton more money to spend on guys. Well as always I went longer than my original point but I am just to excited to get bent out of shape thinking about what guys could be, right now KC has guys that are studs, not possible studs. Lastly, just think what a winning culture could do for all the young hitters we already have. good things are coming!

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    jim fetterolf

    Expected a little more sturm und drang on this, much of the blogosphere being in high dudgeon.

    My take is that Shields is a #1, although perhaps not an ace, has averaged about 3.9 fW the last six years, Ks people at a high rate, and, as you point out, eats innings. That’s something we haven’t had for awhile and he fits well at the front of the rotation for us. Davis may be something of a lottery ticket, has good stuff and finding a repeatable release point last year helped his results. Even his earlier starter numbers would have made him the 2 or 3 on last year’s staff, so slots him as 4 or 5 this year.

    On what we gave up, they were prospects, so no sure value. Myers may be great, he may be good, either way we may not know for a few years, big step from Werner to the bigger K where a lot of Wil’s homers end up being long fly outs and where he’ll face even better breaking stuff every day than he would in a week at Omaha. I wouldn’t have traded him, based on philosophy of building a small market team, but I’m fairly sure that Myers wouldn’t have delivered the value in KC that Shields will over the next two years. We’ve had too many saviors come up before to assume that Myers will be an impact player soon.

    Odorizzi looked a bit iffy last year, even with the numbers. Threw too many pitches, not enough innings, and doesn’t really have compelling velocity or stuff. I figured him to start at Omaha and probably get passed by Yordano Ventura for promotion.

    Mike Montgomery is interesting, LH with stuff who can’t command his FB and has a touch of the Hochevar head. I’ve both predicted that his future is as a closer and that he would be a throw-in on a trade.

    Philosophically, I prefer the Tampa Way, trade old for young and expensive for cheap. If acquiring old and expensive I prefer FA rather than trade. But I get the feeling that the big FAs just didn’t want to come to KC, so this trade was probably the only way to get a #1 SP. I also think Marcum may still be in play and expect some more trades. Ground ball pitchers Mendoza and Adcock would both be good fits in Colorado, as an example.

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    Not a big fan of the new page layout for the site.

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