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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 01-14-2014, 07:49 AM   #361
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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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Old 01-14-2014, 07:57 AM   #362
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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.
I've broken down all the known and likely revenue and expenses before and I can do it again, but I really don't think Glass has made money the last few years, aside from the increased value of the franchise which he can only cash in on someday by selling the team.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:00 AM   #363
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I've broken down all the known and likely revenue and expenses before and I can do it again, but I really don't think Glass has made money the last few years, aside from the increased value of the franchise which he can only cash in on someday by selling the team.
I think glASSmakes money every year, just not a tremendous amount.
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I've broken down all the known and likely revenue and expenses before and I can do it again, but I really don't think Glass has made money the last few years, aside from the increased value of the franchise which he can only cash in on someday by selling the team.
I don't think he has either. I guess we'd have to rely on Forbes for that information. I'd guesstimate he's maybe broken even at best recently and won't make much if anything this year. This doesn't make him a good owner obv nor does it mean he didn't make much off the Royals which he did. Just that recently he has not.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:06 AM   #365
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I think glASSmakes money every year, just not a tremendous amount.
Thats certainly possible. I think I was able to dial it down to just a few million left over, and at that point I just waved my hands and basically said "I'm sure I'm not accounting for more expenses somewhere", and called it even.
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In other baseball news, the number of MLB teams without a mascot went from 4 down to 3. (Yankees, Angels, Dodgers)

The Chicago Cubs are going to have a Cub named Clark as a mascot next season
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In other baseball news, the number of MLB teams without a mascot went from 4 down to 3. (Yankees, Angels, Dodgers)

The Chicago Cubs are going to have a Cub named Clark as a mascot next season
I wish the Royals didn't have a mascot. Slugger annoys me greatly.....
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I wish the Royals didn't have a mascot. Slugger annoys me greatly.....
I'm fine with the mascot. The mascot is not for me, its for the kids, to convince them to make the horrible mistake of becoming lifelong Royals fans and secure future revenue.

To me, all the old guys griping about mascots ranks right up there with griping about putting names on the back of uniforms. There's nothing pure or noble about having no mascots and no letters on the jersey.
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What kind of interest is Santana getting ?
None of the big FA starters - Garza, Santana, Jimenez - are getting much attention right now.

Probably won't hear much on them until Tanaka is settled\signed.

Qualifying offers for the last two are the issue. Garza's health issues are probably his biggest negative right now.
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Don't tell me you guys wouldn't take Garza or Jimenez for little money if they are NOT well-desired in the FA market.
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Don't tell me you guys wouldn't take Garza or Jimenez for little money if they are NOT well-desired in the FA market.
Little money? Define that.

Garza is worth exploring regardless. His health issues are a concern, but he'd be a nice vet to have around if/when Shields leaves after this season. It comes down to years and dollars. Really no idea what his market is right now.

With Jimenez, again, what's the market? What are the years and dollars? Remember that with him, you also surrender a draft pick and that slot amount.
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Guthrie's deal to sign Santana?
It's likely going to require A LOT more (in both years and $) to re-sign Santana.
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We reportedly just signed Brad Penny to a minor league deal.
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