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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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    I have always inexplicably liked Ryan Sweeney more than anyone should. He has no power to speak of, almost Dyson-esque in that regard. He was non-tendered and has not signed anywhere, so he could be available real cheap. Less than DDJ (like him too, of course), who will cost a prospect and $4.25 million, then $6.5 million for 2014 (or a $1.5 million buyout).

    I’m still so depressed about this whole thing. I guess I can’t expect to feel better about it until Shields is actually pitching in a Royals uniform at Kauffman. The only Royal trade I can remember that bummed me out anywhere near this much was David Cone for Ed Hearn…and now my age is showing.

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    Sweeney is an option, but I think his ceiling is much lower. While his batting average is decent, his career OPS isn’t nearly as high as DeJesus. The Royals would be looking for two bounce back seasons and I’m not sure that is the way to go. However, his defense might give him a little interest. Overall, I think the extra million or 2 it would take to get DeJesus would be a better option, but Sweeney would definitely be considered as player Y or Z.

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    So I am going to make a bold prediction here that is based on very little evidence, call it a feeling. Jeff Francoeur is going to have a good year, not great, but good. It seems to me that right about the time he is looking at a new contract, his bat seems to come alive. That is not a greed statement about Frenchy, I might be one of those dumb people that actually likes him and I personally believe that personalities do make a difference on a team. I have played on teams with a ton of talent that people hate playing together and no matter how you try it just don’t work. Back to my point, I think Frenchy is going to repeat 2011, he will come out of the gate hitting and will have an element of luck with his big hits landing and then the second half of the year will be a decent decline. So what should be the take away from this, around the all star break if he is hitting .280 with 15 or so Homers, then you need to trade him at his highest value and not think that he will keep it up the whole year. His salary isnt that bad if he is hititng for an ok average with a little pop and another team has an injury and just needs a rental player to try and make a run at a division.

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    Sweeney’s splits look good. How about someone already on the roster? Dyson…..his OBP vs. righties was .340 last year. He’s 28 but if you look at an old timer like Otis Nixon, he had his best years at age 32-38. I think his speed at the top of the order could be a game changer. Cain in RF and Dyson in CF would provide a defensive upgrade as well.

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    How great would it be to have DeJesus back in a Royals uniform! Especially on a contending team.

    If we couldn’t get DDJ, then how about Ryan Sweeney?

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