Originally Posted by KevB
I'm going to be very upset if Hochever begins the season in the rotation. He's a bad pitcher, and has only gotten worse as the season has gone along.
Moose and especially Hosmer need to be better at the plate next season if we're going to compete for anything. I'm optimistic.
I wouldn't mind if we brought in a veteran 2nd baseman at this point, although pickings appear to be slim in the free agent pool. Org clearly doesn't believe in Gio.
Otherwise, go get some starting pitching. Edwin Jackson, A. Sanchez, Marcum, Peavy, Haren, McCarthy, E. Santana, etc. are all guys that may be available as free agents. Add two, re-sign Guthrie and let the existing rotation guys fight for those last two spots.
My dream offseason:
1) Royals sign Anibal Sanchez
2) Angels pick up Dan Haren's contract after all, then trade Haren to the Royals for Jason Adam and a spare part or two (i.e. Cam Gallagher)
3) Royals re-sign Guthrie
4) Royals sign Stephen Drew to a one-year, incentive-laden deal and play him at 2B. He adds some lefthanded pop to the lineup, upgrades the defense at 2B (despite the position switch), and gives the Royals a legitimate backup shortstop (allowing more rest of Escobar).
5) Jeff Fracouer is exiled.
6) Luke Hochevar is non-tendered
Sanchez (very good No. 2 with No. 1 stuff)
Haren (Not quite a No. 1 anymore, but has that potential and should be an excellent No. 2 if he can bounce back)
Chen (not great, but you can live with him here... )
LF - Gordon
RF - Myers
1B - Hosmer (assuming he bounces back - if he doesn't, hit Gordon 3rd and Drew/Cain first)
DH - Butler
3B - Moustakas
C - Perez
2B - Drew
CF - Cain
SS - Escobar
That would be a deep and dangerous lineup. And you'd see plenty of RBI opportunities for Gordon because of the depth.