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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 love what the Royals are doing this offseason. If you take the Coors Field stuff out of last year then Guthrie was a pretty darn good pitcher last year. Had he pitched at this level for another team and the Royals had signed him I think Royals fans would be singing a different tune. Had we had a pitcher like Guthrie during the 12 game early skid we had, who knows what the outcome would have been last year. I would rather take baby steps and create a player development system that is sustainable, than to take on a single large contract, not have it work and then be right back to where we started with an owner that is unwilling to spend money. I don’t know if Royals fans want to hear it but what I see GMDM doing is stock up with young guys, when he hits on some he will trade them at their peak and get more prospects and start the who system over again. Think of having a Greinke like trade every year and you will see my point. I understand that prospects are simply prospects, but when you have an owner like Glass you need as many young controlable players as you can get.

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    Excellent article. I share your concern about the length of the deal. I hate the thought of Guthrie hitting 36 and either finding injuries or being ineffective, but I don’t think it will greatly effect the team financially (though it may effect performance if they continue to pitch him while he struggles). With Chen, Francoeur, and Santana coming off the books next year, plenty of money will get freed up. That’s $24 million cleared from the budget (12-Santana, 7.5-Francoeur, 4.5-Chen). Guthrie’s salary then balloons $6 million, but there still should be some increased room. Add to that the fact that they’ll be adding pitchers still under their rookie contracts in 2014 and 2015: Odorizzi, Ventura, Zimmer, Lamb. Or guys like Felipe Paulino who makes very little.

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    i like the deal, but i think they could have done better, maybe. frenchy 7.5mil, chen 4.5mil, santana 12mil, guthrie 5mil, volstad 3mil, and maybe hoch 5mil could have been 37mil split between greinke and anibal sanchez. add in the wasted money from last year, chen 4.5, frenchy 7.5, betancourt 2mil, and broxton 4mil, and thats some money. that could have signed greinke at 20mil and anibal sanchez at 17mil for 2013.

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