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Darin Watson

I grew up in Topeka, and learned to love the Royals over many summer nights listening to Denny and Fred. Of course, the Royals were much easier to love back then. They got their claws in me some 30 years ago, then they went to the playoffs in 1984 and won it all in 1985. And I thought to myself, "This is easy. This team is always going to be good!" Sigh. But what can I say? If I've made it this far, I suppose I will always be a fan. But whenever they get good again, I'll be sure not to take it for granted. I promise. I'm also a fan of the Chiefs, Jayhawks (even the football team), Sporting KC, and the Nashville Predators. By day, I'm a mild-mannered project manager for a publishing company, and every night I'm lucky to come home to my amazing wife Michelle. We've been married since 2005 and live in Overland Park. Fun fact, she grew up in Memphis watching many future Royals when Kansas City's AA team was there. So it didn't take much to make a Royals fan out of her. We don't have kids, but we've got three cats (one named after Alex Gordon) and a dog. Follow me on Twitter! @Darin_Watson

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    Darin Watson

    Hmm…my biggest concern with that would be the offensive hit–not sure any of those guys can match Butler’s production even in his off-year (Beltran did out-OPS Butler, but I’m not sure how that would translate in Kauffman). I have no problem trading Holland; I think the Royals can easily find another closer in their outstanding group of relievers.

    That said, I can’t imagine Tampa wanting “only” Butler and Holland for Price…

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    So would you trade Butler and Holland for David Price. Same rough $$$ both ways but you get 2 years control for a Shields running mate at #1 and #2. And can still go out and get Beltran or Byrd/Peralta to help the offense.

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