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Old 12-11-2012, 09:59 AM  
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2013 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

Proposed 2013 Slogan: Tigers: They're what's for dinner
Actual 2013 Slogan: Come to Play
A better, more accurate, or alternative slogan: All in, no panic, we promise.

Dayton Moore has pushed all his chips in and is riding on King/Jack suited, hoping it comes together, he gets some good luck, and he hits the nuts by the river card. There's potential, oh yes, there's potential. There's also risk.

At the midway point, Dayton is left counting on the river card. The flop and turn didn't help him, and he's looking at the Tigers holding a pair of Queens and the Indians holding a pair of 9s. His 2013 plan hasn't failed - yet - but the odds are not in his favor.

Burning questions updates below.

Burning Questions for 2013:

1) Will the improve rotation be improved enough? Does James Shields pitch like a fringe No. 1 away from Tampa Bay? Does Ervin Santana pitch to his highest upside in his walk year? Can Jeremy Guthrie build on his strong performance as a Royal in 2012? Can Wade Davis bring his new mentality- and velocity - back to the rotation?

Midseason check-in: Yes, the rotation is certainly improved enough. Shields has pitched like a fringe No. 1 and Santana is having his best season. Guthrie has horrible peripherals but has continued to perform well at his home park and eat innings on the road. Davis brought neither his kick-ass mentality or improved velocity back to the rotation and is in Luke Hochevar/Hiram Davies territory.

2) When will Luke Hochevar be shown the door?
Midseason check-in: It appears, never, at this point. Hochevar has been solid in non-leverage situations, though pretty much every time he has been used with men on base in an inning, it has been a disaster.

3) Does Hosmer bounce back?
Midseason check-in: It took some time, but Hosmer's performance from June 1 on is probably the most encouraging thing about the 2013 season so far.
4) Can Moustakas hit for a whole season like he did in the first half of 2012?
Midseason check-in: Nope. Moustakas was god-awful, then great for about 3 weeks, then god-awful again. He has been better since he started working with Brett and Grafol but still has a long way to go.
5) Who regresses?
Midseason check-in: Welp, Alicides Escobar is not a surprising name here (though Yost's stubborn insistence on hitting him second is ridiculous). Billy Butler is a surprise. He isn't having a terrible year - still contributing a lot to the offense - but he's not hitting for the average or power he has displayed over the past several years.
6) Who plays 2B?
Midseason check-in: A whole bunch of people, and not that great. Gio is at least getting a shot, though he once again is not doing much with it.
7) Can Jeff Francoeur be at least replacement level, rather than epic horrible level?
Midseason check-in: Hahahahahahahahahahaha
8) Will Dayton Moore survive to see 2014?
Midseason check-in: Outlook uncertain. Probably still around, unless the team completely tanks in the second half and he does something foolish. My guess - he sacrifices Ned Yost this offseason and gets one more shot with a new manager in 2014.
9) Will Danny Duffy come back healthy? And if he does, is he the same, better or worse?
Midseason check-in: Yes. Velocity looks the same, and it looks likely he is the same guy as before.
10) And the big one: Has KC added enough to run down the big-money Detroit Tigers?
Midseason check-in: Doesn't look like it, does it?

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Old 07-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #7981
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I don't know what the Angels would do about Trumbo, and I'm not sure how much I want him as a Royals fan.

On one hand, he has tremendous power. On the other, he is a .260 hitter who is going to get on base at a .305 clip and can't be played anywhere (and play poorly defensively) but a corner OF spot, 1B or DH.

He and Kendrick are their best trade chips for rebuilding that team quickly, though. Aybar could be useful, too, to a team that is desperate at SS (i.e. St. Louis)

Kendrick and Trumbo are probably a pretty costly pair for KC. I rather grab one and keep Zimmer/Mondesi/Duffy than try to get both (because you probably have to give up one of those guys).
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #7982
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that's a good point. They prove it every year.
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that's a good point. They prove it every year.
They traded us SOS for Callaspo. Have to say they screwed us on that one.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:10 PM   #7984
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Kendrick and Trumbo are probably a pretty costly pair for KC. I rather grab one and keep Zimmer/Mondesi/Duffy than try to get both (because you probably have to give up one of those guys).
Completely agree but it's one of those dreamer days in the thread so I'm dreaming big. Trumbo was so amazing in the Derby last year and it would be cool to see anything close to that on a regular basis.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:11 PM   #7985
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:41 PM   #7987
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They traded us SOS for Callaspo. Have to say they screwed us on that one.
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only 23 and has taken HUGE steps this year, especially with his K rate. I think they get several solid seasons of back-end rotation work from him eventually. \

Callaspo has put up sub-.700 OPS 3/4 seasons in Los Angeles. With him playing 3B primarily, that really hurts.
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I'm not sure what the Twins would be offering. Trevor Plouffe? Not sure if he can play 2B, but if he can, that would be interesting.
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I'm not sure what the Twins would be offering. Trevor Plouffe? Not sure if he can play 2B, but if he can, that would be interesting.
Is Plouffe really that interesting? Career .236 hitter. Around .700 OPS.
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