Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
Soren Petro has lost his mind. He's shouting out windows and such right now.
Is this what being a Royals fan does to people?
Though to be fair, he's kinda right. He's pulling a seriously puss move here in one regard though - he's bitching that the Royals always refuse to trade prospects for "REAL MAJOR LEAGUERS!!" Well Petro was screaming to trade Will Myers for Jair Jurjjens in the offseason but he won't acknowledge it.
Jurjjens was a butt-lucky, lousy pitcher last year. Anyone that understands the game knew he was due for an implosion but Petro was riding the asses of anyone that dare questioned that. Well Jurjjens is in AAA right now, Soren - he count as a "REAL MAJOR LEAGUER!!!"?
Getting starting pitching isn't the easiest thing in the world to do and Petro has proven that he's pretty damn likely to screw it up if he were in charge as well.
Petro shows his ass when it comes to baseball quite often.
Yes, prospects can and should be leveraged to add starting pitching. But you have to find a partner that works to make a trade.
Quite simply, teams are holding onto controllable starters unless you pay through the nose for starting pitching.
He rode the Jair Jurrjens train HARD last year. HARD. Was screaming to trade for him. It's now clear the guy sucks (just like anyone who paid attention to advanced stats knew).
The Royals don't refuse to trade prospects. They refuse to make bad trades. Look at what Cleveland gave up for Ubaldo Jiminez. That's the equivalent of giving up Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. For a guy who isn't getting it done.
It's a tough trading environment right now. Teams are sitting on young, controllable starters and prospects with equal determination. THat drives the price up to astronomical levels.
The only recent trade for a "stud" starter that really looks good right now is the Nationals trade for Gio Gonzalez. The trades for Mat Latos and Jiminez look god-awful.
What the Royals need to do is get aggressive in the best free agent pitching class in recent memory. Not trade legitimate prospects for marginal pitchers (as Soren has stumped for).