Rumors and Rumblings Day Three of the Winter Meetings Reviewed by Momizat on . The rumors yesterday set the Royals Twitterverse on fire yet nothing happened just like the previous two days. [caption id="attachment_19319" align="alignleft" The rumors yesterday set the Royals Twitterverse on fire yet nothing happened just like the previous two days. [caption id="attachment_19319" align="alignleft" Rating:
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Rumors and Rumblings Day Three of the Winter Meetings

Rumors and Rumblings Day Three of the Winter Meetings

The rumors yesterday set the Royals Twitterverse on fire yet nothing happened just like the previous two days.

36 yo RHP get all the girls

Ryan Dempster 3/39 – The former Cubs right-hander will be 36 years old next season.  If you lined up his 2012 against Jeremy Guthrie it reads quite a bit better but in the reverse.  For the first half of ’12 he looked like a Cy Young candidate putting together a 2.25 ERA while allowing under a hit per inning and striking out 7.2 per 9 (down fr previous seasons).  Then a trade to the not so friendly confines of Arlington stadium turned a very good season into 10 HR in 69 innings and a 5.09 ERA in that short time.

Dempster is 36 !  Hello you are going to give your supposed #1 starter $13M per year for his age 36, 37 and 38 seasons.  Remember what the Royals want out of their #1 folks, they want a guy to give them 200+ innings and grind through jams while giving the bullpen some relief.  That’s not exactly how you should be treating an older pitcher.

James Shields + prospect(s) for Wil Myers – According to Bob Dutton if the Rays would back away from the additional prospects this would be a done deal.  The Rays right-hander has put up back to back solid seasons looking on paper to be a solid #2 playing in one of the leagues best parks and in front of the leagues best defense.  Take Shields out of that park and his ERA jumped a run in ’11 and a over a 1/2 of a run in ’12.  His career road ERA is 4.54, to put that in perspective Jeremy Guthrie as pitched to the opposite during his career working in Camden and Rockies stadium.  His road ERA is 4.05 for his career.

The Royals appear to have a top notch defense with Escobar, Moose, Gordon and Hosmer as the anchors but the metrics hate Hosmer and killed Escobar in ’12.  If those numbers ring true then Shields takes a hit in defense and park meaning we’ll likely get a fringe 2 or #3 starter in return.  The other thing to remember is Shields is on a 2 year deal and isn’t likely to sign an extension given what older pitchers are drawing on the free agent market.   If that is the case then take a look at a bleak scenario,  Royals have improved but remain a few games over .500 team in 2014 while the Tigers continue to bash their way to plenty of victories and are 10 games ahead at the All Star break.  What do the Royals do?  You and I know what they do, they shop Shields and flip him before losing him via free agency.  That scenario is just one reason why the Royals shouldn’t flip a player they have cheap for 6+ years of control for a guy they would have for a max of two years.

Melville a target in Rule 5?

Rule 5 Draft – The Royals have quite a few guys that could be taken in the Rule 5.  Teams could look at lefties Jon Keck or Buddy Bauman as relief types that could hang on or could checkout right side relievers Patrick Keating, Tim Melville, Angel Baez or Robinson Yambati.  To get a little more info on the draft checkout the latest podcast with JJ Cooper that I posted on our site or Baseball America’s Rule 5 podcast they posted yesterday.

I spent much of yesterday defending Dayton Moore on twitter on the basis of the great contracts the Royals have with Alex Gordon, Sal Perez, Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar.  Those are great reasons to love what Dayton has done on top of the rebuild of the farm system but if the Royals ship Wil Myers out for 2 years of a pitcher then they could be putting up for auction the future of everything they’ve built.  It stands prior to 2013 that the Royals have no clue what Hosmer, Moose, Perez or Cain are just yet.

About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (3)

  • cpass

    I am absolutely sick to my stomach at the thought of trading 6+ years of Myers for what will very likely be less than two years of James Shields, as he’s not going to resign and Moore will be looking to flip him at the 2014 deadline. Ugh. All I can hope is that somewhere in the reported “war room” the front office convened for this discussion last night that there is someone, anyone, or several of them who are able to talk Moore out of this.

  • Clint Scoles

    I’m with you !

    One other point. If Myers puts up just an average RF season in the same way that rookie Norichika Aoki did for the Brewers in 2012 then the Royals increase by 4.1 fWAR and 6 rWAR. That is a 4 win or 6 win improvement if he’s JUST AVERAGE and his ceiling is much greater than that.

  • justwantawinner

    I don’t want to see the Royals trade Myers and his 6 years of controll for just 2 years of somebody that we don’t have a chance of signing to an extension. I would rather roll the dice with what we have or dream of signing Sanchez. I know we would have to have some guys have career years but I think the biggest thing would be a hot start to provide some confidence to these young kids.

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