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Old 12-19-2013, 11:45 AM  
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2014 Royals Repository

With my 6,000th post on ChiefsPlanet (it only took me 12 years to get here), I bring you: The 2014 Kansas City Royals Repository.

To be discussed here: All things Royals, as they attempt to post another winning season and make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

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Duncan's Top 15 Royals Prospects

1) RHP Yordano Ventura
Power pitcher knocking on the rotation's door. Needs to continue progressing command and changeup but has ToR potential.
2) RHP Kyle Zimmer
Needs to stay healthy and prove shoulder stiffness was not something that becomes chronic. Big-time heater and curve, could be true ace if changeup and slider progress.
3) SS Raul (Adalberto) Mondesi
Held his own at 17/18 in full season ball. Has the glove to stick at SS and be above-average. Pairs that with a hitting profile that could top out as a .300 hitter with 15-20 HR power.
4) LHP Sean Manaea
Big wildcard. If healthy and back to normal, could be THE steal of 2013 draft. Was in line for No. 1 overall entering college season at Indiana State but slipped due to hip injury. ToR potential if healthy and 100 percent back. Tall left who throws hard and misses bats.
5) RHP Miguel Almonte
Advanced FB/Changeup combo for a young pitcher. Needs to develop breaking ball further to be a truly elite prospect, but warrants some comparisons to Julio Teheran.
6) RF Jorge Bonifacio
Emilio's little brother battled hand injury in 2013, sapping some power, but put up strong overall line nonetheless. Profiles as a good contact guy with 20-25 HR power. Could be a Billy Butler-lite type, but with the ability to play LF/RF.
7) 3B Hunter Dozier
Had a nice debut. Showed advanced glovework and good approach. Has good pop from right side, which is a big bonus from a corner spot.
8) CF Bubba Starling
Tools are still there, and he showed some positive signs in the second half. Draws a good amount of walks. With a good year (.280/.400/.500) could vault back into top 25 lists due to tools. Upside remains a Matt Kemp sort. Floor remains really low.
9) LF/RF Elier Hernandez
Big-time signee in international FA had a strong year in Idaho. Good pop, solid plate discipline.
10) SS Orlando Calixte
He can pick it at SS and has intriguing power. Might never be more than a UTIL guy, but could be a solid regular if he starts making more contact as he gains experience.
11) RHP Jason Adam
Solid innings eater who was better than his numbers at AA. Stuff is inconsistent... occasionally flashes No. 3-type stuff.
12) 3B Cheslor Cuthbert
Big signing out of Venezuela several years back still has some upside. Had a strong start to his season at High-A Wilmington but really struggled to start at AA.
13) C Zane Evans
Evans has the chops to stick behind the dish with a little more polish and should hit for solid power.
14) CF Brett Eibner
Less talented than Starling, but similar issues. DESTROYS LHP and is an excellent defender in CF (strong arm, good range, good speed). Had a strong second-half (.260/.350/500) in Northwest Arkansas and faces a critical year in Omaha.
15) 1B Samir Duenez
Young signing out of Venezuela. Showed well in rookie ball and has long-term power potential.

AL Central offseason grades: (Will be replaced by standings once season starts)

Detroit Tigers: D.
Seemingly gave away Doug Fister, downgraded lineup with Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder swap. Did improve closer spot with Joe Nathan, though this was not as big a weakness at year's end.

Cleveland Indians: C
Cleveland has sat out most of the offseason. Swapping John Axford in and Chris Perez out is a sideways move. David Murphy is a nice signing for the OF.

Chicago White Sox: B

Chicago spent big on Jose Abreu to cover 1B, and it could pay off if he is as good as recent Cuban imports. Still not a lot around Chris Sale in the rotation. Adam Eaton is a sneaky good pickup for top of lineup, if he can stay healthy.

Minnesota Twins: D-
Ricky Nolasco contract will be a regrettable long-term decision, and the rotation improvements are minimal, but at great cost. Lot of money/years committed to Phil Hughes, who is a wildcard due to his health and performance issues in the past. 1/$5 is a nice gamble. 3/$24? Yikes.

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Old 01-10-2014, 09:45 PM   #346
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I made a small update to the simulator to account for some uncommon wild card scenarios (eg a crappy division winner stealing a wild card spot away from the 5th-best team in the league)
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:20 AM   #347
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Looks like Guthrie's contract has been restructured

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...-contract.html

$8M 2014
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$10M mutual option for 2016 with a $3.2M buyout
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:22 AM   #348
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Looks like Guthrie's contract has been restructured

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...-contract.html

$8M 2014
$9M 2015
$10M mutual option for 2016 with a $3.2M buyout
Hmmmm ... frees up some money for this year.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #349
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Looks like Guthrie's contract has been restructured

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...-contract.html

$8M 2014
$9M 2015
$10M mutual option for 2016 with a $3.2M buyout
Very interesting.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:34 AM   #350
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:41 AM   #351
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Question is:

Is that money to keep things at the current payroll projection and pay for arbitration awards?

Or is it to add a few pieces here and there?

$3 million might be enough to nab a back-end starter/reclamation type on a one-year deal.
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I'm ignoring the mutual option since it is very unlikely to be exercised.

We're basically paying $200k for the right to delay $3MM of salary for 2 years. That is an annual interest rate of roughly 3.3%, which is probably fair.
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Oh, and of course this also means that the Royals are probably trying to add one more player. I thought they were probably done, but maybe not.

There is literally no reason for Guthrie to do this unless the Royals told him they need this payroll flexibility to win this year.

edit: apparently this happened in November and was not reported until now. So, it means nothing as far as whether or not the Royals are done.
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Guthrie, Royals restructure contract
January 13
BY BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star

The Royals have restructured the contract of pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, freeing up some payroll space for 2014.

Guthrie was originally scheduled to earn $11 million this season and $9 million in 2015 under the terms of his original three-year deal.

Instead, he’ll earn $8 million this season and $9 million in 2015, with a $10 million mutual option added for 2016.

The option has a $3.2 million buyout, which means the value of the contract is about the same, with Guthrie getting an additional $200,000.

But the Royals have cleared $3 million from their 2014 payroll.

The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, but the deal was restructured in November.

“We were able to restructure the contract and gain more flexibility heading into the offseason,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

The Royals have been busy in the offseason, signing second baseman Omar Infante for four years with a club option for a fifth for $30 million, and pitcher Jason Vargas for four years at $32 million.

The restructuring brings the Royals’ payroll to about $87 million, which is about the same as last season when they delivered their best record in a quarter century at 86-76, and what Moore has said he expects it to be this season.

The Royals have seven arbitration-eligible players: first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, outfielder Justin Maxwell and pitchers Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins.

Those seven can file for arbitration on Tuesday, and the Royals and any player would exchange salary proposals by Friday. Hearings are scheduled in February, but the player can sign before — or even during — the hearings.

Guthrie, who will turn 35 in April, was acquired from the Rockies in 2012. He was 15-12 with a 4.04 ERA and led the Royals in victorieslast season. He’s 20-15 with a 3.78 ERA in 47 starts in Kansas City.
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The Royals have restructured the contract of pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, freeing up some payroll space for 2014.

Guthrie was originally scheduled to earn $11 million this season and $9 million in 2015 under the terms of his original three-year deal.

Instead, he’ll earn $8 million this season and $9 million in 2015, with a $10 million mutual option added for 2016.

The option has a $3.2 million buyout, which means the value of the contract is about the same, with Guthrie getting an additional $200,000.

But the Royals have cleared $3 million from their 2014 payroll.

The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, but the deal was restructured in November.

“We were able to restructure the contract and gain more flexibility heading into the offseason,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

The Royals have been busy in the offseason, signing second baseman Omar Infante for four years with a club option for a fifth for $30 million, and pitcher Jason Vargas for four years at $32 million.

The restructuring brings the Royals’ payroll to about $87 million, which is about the same as last season when they delivered their best record in a quarter century at 86-76, and what Moore has said he expects it to be this season.

The Royals have seven arbitration-eligible players: first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, outfielder Justin Maxwell and pitchers Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins.

Those seven can file for arbitration on Tuesday, and the Royals and any player would exchange salary proposals by Friday. Hearings are scheduled in February, but the player can sign before — or even during — the hearings.

Guthrie, who will turn 35 in April, was acquired from the Rockies in 2012. He was 15-12 with a 4.04 ERA and led the Royals in victorieslast season. He’s 20-15 with a 3.78 ERA in 47 starts in Kansas City.
So where's all the new tv money?
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Glass shoved it up his ass for safe keeping.
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So where's all the new tv money?
It's hanging out with the money Meche gave back.
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So where's all the new tv money?
Well, first you have to start with the very safe assumption that its not going to be a flat 20MM per year. These big sports mega contracts are always designed to start below average and finish above average. So, probably call it 15MM. Then, from another story (I think it was about the Pirates? Don't remember) we did find out that in 2014 MLB plans to withhold a big chunk of money from each team, about 4MM, for the central fund.

As of right now, payroll went up by about 9MM. I'm not sure where the other roughly 2MM is, but most of the new TV money is on the field.

We're not getting much more new money until our terrible local TV deal expires in 2019.
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Our attendance last year was dreadful so the owner probably doesn't feel like spending more this year. He's made a ton off this franchise but I doubt he made much last year. Our fans need to show up this year
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Our attendance last year was dreadful so the owner probably doesn't feel like spending more this year. He's made a ton off this franchise but I doubt he made much last year. Our fans need to show up this year
Don't blame it on the fans, the ones who've had to endure shit baseball for almost 3 decades. David Glass has plenty of money to spend on the team, with or without sell-out crowds at the games. The last thing I am pointing a finger at is the fans. Stop using that as an excuse for our cheap-ass owner, it's obvious he doesn't care about anything other than the money in his pockets.

There's no doubt that we would all love to see The K packed every night, but can you really blame the fans? When the Royals win consistently year-in and year-out and the fans aren't showing up then blame them all you want, hell i'll join you, but 2 winning seasons in 20 years isn't going to make the casual fan and family rush out to the ballpark very often and I am not going to blame them for that.
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