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Old 02-04-2014, 08:40 AM   #885
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Duncan is more optimistic than Rany as of late.

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So let it go. Santana will sign elsewhere, the Royals will get a nice draft pick for their troubles, and they’ll have money to spend elsewhere.

That is, if David Glass will spend it. What bothers me the most about ownership spending this winter is that if they don’t spend the savings they got from Guthrie’s reworking of his deal (or if they’ve, in essence, already spent it), then his restructured deal benefits neither the team nor the fans, but only Glass’s pocketbook. Because in two years, the Royals will count the $3.2 million that they now owe Guthrie in 2016 as part of the team’s payroll, and factor it in when they say they can’t spend any more money. But today, when they’re reaping the savings from the restructured deal, they’re keeping quiet.

I think David Glass wants to win. But I think he wants to make money more. Which is kind of sad, because he has plenty of the latter and precious little of the former.


Ouch....
I think there's more than enough money there to go get Santana or one more player of that salary level... but it's really hard to say with any certainty how much money is a windfall from the increased pay out.

I think it's easy for all of us to "Clay Travis" the money and overlook some costs (since the owners won't disclose them).

I want them to spend more... Dayton Moore has repeatedly said Glass has always approved money that will improve the club, and Glass has always said he will go over budget to get a player that is the final piece.

Would seem to make the Santana signing something that SHOULD happen.

Don't get Rany's hang up on Phil Hughes, though. LIke him, I was a big fan of getting Hughes on a short-term, less risky deal to see if getting away from Yankee stadium could make him a higher performer. But it's not like we're talking about a guy that was a monster away from Yankee Stadium... his career splits show him at 4.10 ERA with 305 Ks in 375 2/3 IP and a whip around 1.25.

Worth taking a gamble on with little to no risk... but three years at $8 million per? When the guy also is not proven to be durable?

At least with Vargas you know he's going to give you 200 IP of around league average pitching.
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