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BigChiefFan
11-16-2007, 06:52 PM
Royals Close To Signing Yasuhito Yabuta
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals are close to signing 34 year-old Japanese reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta to a two-year deal with a third year option. The White Sox had been in on him as well.

Here's what Aaron and Jackson of East Windup Chronicle had to say about Yabuta:

Yabuta, the right-handed set up man for the Chiba Lotte Marines, is probably best known for striking out A-Rod, Derrek Lee, and Johnny Damon in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Yabuta has racked up 86 holds and a sub-3.00 ERA over the last three years for the Marines despite not panning out as a starter.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/kansas_city_royals/index.html

Demonpenz
11-16-2007, 06:53 PM
Wax on wax off

KCUnited
11-16-2007, 06:55 PM
34? Are we sure he can't play Cornerback first?

kstater
11-16-2007, 07:24 PM
Always wise to sign a 34 year old pitcher who has never pitched in the big leagues.

DaneMcCloud
11-16-2007, 07:33 PM
It has begun.

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=173470

Sure-Oz
11-16-2007, 07:49 PM
Sweet, i guess hehe. I wonder what other FA's we are looking at, or what trades may happen in the winter meetings.

wazu
11-16-2007, 07:53 PM
Always wise to sign a 34 year old pitcher who has never pitched in the big leagues.

Maybe he's soooo good that he's been holding out all this time for more money. (Which is why we're close to signing him, but are having to pile on some more sugar to keep his agent happy.)

BigChiefFan
11-16-2007, 07:55 PM
Sweet, i guess hehe. I wonder what other FA's we are looking at, or what trades may happen in the winter meetings.From that same website...I hope it's us...


A Mystery Team has already made a four-year offer to Francisco Cordero. We know the Brewers made an offer on Monday but Rosenthal may be referring to another club.

ChiefsCountry
11-16-2007, 08:07 PM
Bob Davis said yesterday that Dayton Moore and Torri Hunter had breakfast together.

Sure-Oz
11-16-2007, 08:27 PM
That would be nice to get F-Cord. and the royals i believe are pushing hard for Hunter. Also interested in Guillen but the steriods supposedly put him on the backburner.

Ari Chi3fs
11-16-2007, 08:57 PM
It has begun.

http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=173470


yeah, my first thought when they hired Hillman was... AH so... we get a japaneee pwayers on owr team!

Go Woyrals.

Man, I was funny.

tomahawk kid
11-16-2007, 09:03 PM
Bob Davis said yesterday that Dayton Moore and Torri Hunter had breakfast together.

Did he say it, or did he scream it like someone had his penis in a needled vice?

BigChiefFan
11-16-2007, 09:31 PM
Bob Davis said yesterday that Dayton Moore and Torri Hunter had breakfast together.
Cordero and Hunter would go a long way in improving the team. That's wonderul news that they had breakfast together. I hope Dayton gets his targets.

Deberg_1990
11-16-2007, 10:16 PM
34 huh?? I guess that really means hes closer to 38 or so.

evolve27
11-16-2007, 10:22 PM
Grab him before the White Sox, his 2.80 ERA in past three years will surely go up if he becomes a Royal sadly.

Ebolapox
11-16-2007, 10:26 PM
34 huh?? I guess that really means hes closer to 38 or so.

he's not from latin america. 34 in asia means 28 (they live longer than us :p)

KevB
11-16-2007, 11:00 PM
The Dodgers signed a 35 year old Japanese relief pitcher two years ago and the guy has been a dominant closer for two years running (Saito). Can we please give the guy a chance and actually watch him pitch before criticizing the move?

KCUnited
11-16-2007, 11:01 PM
Bob Davis said yesterday that Dayton Moore and Torri Hunter had breakfast together.

Oh my!!!

ChiefsCountry
11-16-2007, 11:02 PM
So would he be our setup man?

Thig Lyfe
11-16-2007, 11:08 PM
Bob Davis said yesterday that Dayton Moore and Torri Hunter had breakfast together.

:drool:

Mecca
11-16-2007, 11:21 PM
Always wise to sign a 34 year old pitcher who has never pitched in the big leagues.

Yea that Okajima signing by the Red Sox, that was really stupid right?

Ultra Peanut
11-17-2007, 12:05 AM
You guys can have the pitchers.

I want Fukudome. (Even if that means signing... ugh, Kaz Matsui.)

Demonpenz
11-17-2007, 12:11 AM
With the chiefs being a sack of shit. It would take a 500 year to get the fans to get riled up for the royals

chiefqueen
11-17-2007, 01:51 AM
From that same website...I hope it's us...


A Mystery Team has already made a four-year offer to Francisco Cordero. We know the Brewers made an offer on Monday but Rosenthal may be referring to another club.

NO on the wife-beater!!!!

Mecca
11-17-2007, 02:03 AM
Cordero is pretty good in all honesty.

beavis
11-17-2007, 06:56 AM
With the chiefs being a sack of shit. It would take a 500 year to get the fans to get riled up for the royals
I've found the Royals a helluva lot more interesting than the Chiefs lately. At least I get the sense that the front office has some clue as to what they are doing now.

Dave Lane
11-17-2007, 08:07 AM
I agree its refreshing having a GM I'm willing to give credit enough to not question his judgement.

Dave

Archie F. Swin
11-17-2007, 08:22 AM
yabuta,yabuta,yabuta,--Sa-Wing--Yabuta

Coach
11-17-2007, 09:08 AM
Cordero is pretty good in all honesty.

He's not too bad. But I don't think the Royals are looking for a closer in the market, since I believe Soria will be doing the honors. Now if Cordero wants to be the set-up man, then I don't have a problem with that.

Of course, that is unlikely, since I'm sure he'd rather be closing games than holding them.

nychief
11-17-2007, 11:03 AM
34 huh?? I guess that really means hes closer to 38 or so.


the latin players lie about their ages...not the japanese.

nychief
11-17-2007, 11:05 AM
So would he be our setup man?


cordero would be the closer...making Soria available for the rotation. Not a bad move IMO.

Ari Chi3fs
11-17-2007, 11:31 AM
I agree its refreshing having a GM I'm willing to give credit enough to not question his judgement.

Dave
amen to that.

Coach
11-17-2007, 12:47 PM
cordero would be the closer...making Soria available for the rotation. Not a bad move IMO.

Sure, but why would you want your current closer, who is fairly young, to be replaced by a 34 year old guy?

If the Royals are going to have a closer for a long time, Soria is the logical choice.

beavis
11-17-2007, 12:50 PM
Sure, but why would you want your current closer, who is fairly young, to be replaced by a 34 year old guy?

If the Royals are going to have a closer for a long time, Soria is the logical choice.
DM's philosophy seems to be that you can piece together a bullpen, but you want your studs in the rotation if at all possible. Seems to be working so far.

Sure-Oz
11-17-2007, 12:51 PM
Sure, but why would you want your current closer, who is fairly young, to be replaced by a 34 year old guy?

If the Royals are going to have a closer for a long time, Soria is the logical choice.
Cordero is 32, but i see your point. Only thing i see is if they would rather hve him start.

KevB
11-17-2007, 12:51 PM
Sure, but why would you want your current closer, who is fairly young, to be replaced by a 34 year old guy?

If the Royals are going to have a closer for a long time, Soria is the logical choice.

Because over the long haul, I'd rather have the young stud with four good pitches throwing 200+ innings a season, not 60.

Coach
11-17-2007, 12:53 PM
Cordero is 32, but i see your point. Only thing i see is if they would rather hve him start.

My mistake, 32. I believe the Royals have already mentioned that Soria is staying in the bullpen.

beavis
11-17-2007, 12:55 PM
My mistake, 32. I believe the Royals have already mentioned that Soria is staying in the bullpen.
I read a quote this morning where Dayton said they need 2 or 3 relievers, depending on what they do. I took that mean that they aren't married to the idea of Soria staying in the pen.

Coach
11-17-2007, 12:56 PM
I read a quote this morning where Dayton said they need 2 or 3 relievers, depending on what they do. I took that mean that they aren't married to the idea of Soria staying in the pen.

No, and I don't blame them for that. But again, Riske should be resigned, there's one reliever down, then I'm sure you can find another one.

I just feel that Soria is perfect for the closers role. Very live fastball with a array of off-speed pitches.

beavis
11-17-2007, 01:00 PM
No, and I don't blame them for that. But again, Riske should be resigned, there's one reliever down, then I'm sure you can find another one.

I just feel that Soria is perfect for the closers role. Very live fastball with a array of off-speed pitches.
I agree, they should do everything they can to retain Riske.

I think Soria is wasted in the closers role. With his arsenal of pitches, he should be out there every 5 days.

Coach
11-17-2007, 01:14 PM
I agree, they should do everything they can to retain Riske.

I think Soria is wasted in the closers role. With his arsenal of pitches, he should be out there every 5 days.

Understandable, but there there's the issue of trying to stretch him out again and all that stuff.

I think he's the next K-Rod, only not as flashy as K-Rod. But that's just me guessing.

As for the starters role, there is Meche and Bannister locked down the 1 and 2 spot respectfully. Greinke on 3rd and possibly Luke Hochevar or Luke Hudson on the 4th/5th spot. Of course, I'm just throwing up some ideas.

beavis
11-17-2007, 01:15 PM
Understandable, but there there's the issue of trying to stretch him out again and all that stuff.

I think he's the next K-Rod, only not as flashy as K-Rod. But that's just me guessing.

As for the starters role, there is Meche and Bannister locked down the 1 and 2 spot respectfully. Greinke on 3rd and possibly Luke Hochevar or Luke Hudson on the 4th/5th spot. Of course, I'm just throwing up some ideas.
Understood, me too. Anxious to see what we actually do. Quite a few different alternatives as far as free agents and payroll flexibility this year.

VonneMarie
11-24-2007, 03:13 PM
I didn't see this posted anywhere.

Royals | Yabuta agrees to terms
Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:27:12 -0800

Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Royals have an agreement in place with free-agent RP Yasuhiko Yabuta (Japanese League) pending the results of a physical.

And

Royals | Team pursuing Kuroda
Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:44:20 -0800

Bob Dutton, of The Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Royals are pursing free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Japanese League) in free agency.

Ari Chi3fs
11-24-2007, 03:18 PM
we are going to have shitloads of great Japanese players now that we hired Hillman. kick ass.

keg in kc
11-24-2007, 03:20 PM
Smart from a marketing standpoint, too. Entirely new (and large) market opening up for Royals gear.

Ari Chi3fs
11-24-2007, 03:26 PM
brilliant from marketing standpoint.

Factor that in with our aggressive development of latino players... we could be doing ok in a couple/few years.

BigMeatballDave
11-24-2007, 05:46 PM
Looks like we may surpass .500 next season. I may have to purchase a new Royals jersey...

Woodrow Call
11-28-2007, 03:32 PM
http://www.realgmbaseball.com/src_wiretap_archives/8521/20071128/royals_sign_rhp_yasuhiko_yabuta/

Royals Sign RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta
28th November, 2007 - 4:03 pm

RealGM Staff Report - The Kansas City Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Yasuhiko Yabuta to a two-year contract with an option for 2010. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Yasuhiko has been one of the best relievers in Japan the last several years," Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. "He will be an important veteran arm that will help add stability to the back end of our bullpen."

Yabuta, 34, will become just the second Japanese-born player to appear for the Royals, joining Mac Suzuki, who pitched for the Royals from 1999-2002. Yabuta has spent his entire 12-year professional career pitching for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan's Pacific League from 1996-2007. A native of Osaka, Japan, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is 44-59 with nine saves and a 4.03 ERA in 343 career appearances, including 86 starts.

Cochise
11-28-2007, 03:39 PM
Pitchers and more pitchers. I like it.

Nightfyre
11-28-2007, 03:40 PM
Pitchers and more pitchers. I like it.
I do love small ball and pitching!

Fish
11-28-2007, 04:05 PM
Welcome Yabuta san.

BigChiefFan
11-28-2007, 04:52 PM
That's good news. Now if we could land Lirano and Jose Guillen , things could be looking up.

RJ
11-28-2007, 04:54 PM
No doubt they can use some bullpen help. Has there been any talk of him being tried as a closer?

Sure-Oz
11-28-2007, 05:00 PM
That's good news. Now if we could land Lirano and Jose Guillen , things could be looking up.
Liriano?

Coach
11-28-2007, 05:05 PM
Would be nice to bring back Riske. He had a rough going early on, but he was just fantastic at the middle to the end of the season.

beavis
11-29-2007, 06:30 AM
Would be nice to bring back Riske. He had a rough going early on, but he was just fantastic at the middle to the end of the season.
I think this signing makes that kind of a longshot now. Hard for this team to be blowing $8 million a year on middle relief.

It kind sounds like we have jumped into the running for Kuroda now. Should be interesting to see what happens.

eazyb81
11-29-2007, 08:07 AM
Hopefully this helps us in our pursuit of Hiroki Kuroda.

If we sign Kuroda and Guillen we will be in great shape.