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Old 12-31-2011, 02:52 PM  
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2012 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

2012 Slogan: Our Time

A better, more accurate 2012 Slogan: It is Finally Next Year
(from Great Expectations)

An alternative slogan if you don't like that one: Someone has to win this crappy division
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With the beginning of a new year, it is time for the 2012 version of the Royals Repository Thread. We've got Hosmer, we've got a 2011-dominating Gordon, we've got Moose, we've got hopefully a killer bullpen, we've got a stereotypical slow slugging DH, we've got easily one of the best defensive shortstops in the AL, we've got a promising catcher in Salvador Perez. Hell, we've got offense and promising prospects galore.

We do not have starting pitching.

Oh yeah, we've also got this:



Get ready for, (as of January 2012 anyway), one of the most confusing puzzles of a baseball season in recent Royals history. Will they suck? Maybe, I don't know. Will we be given a year of 0.500 baseball? Possibly, I don't know. Will they win the division and go to the playoffs for the first time in 27 years? For the first time in a long time, it could happen, I don't know. 92 losses, 92 wins, or anything in between would not surprise a lot of us.

Everything goes here except Gameday threads and really big news. If a giant story breaks, the Royals achieve some awesome milestone, or we sign/lose a highly significant player/coach/mascot/whatever, then it might also deserve its own thread. This being Chiefs Planet, please do not clutter the board with new threads about trivial Royals news or you will only annoy those who come here for just Chiefs football. If you aren't sure and its not a Gameday thread, it goes here.

What sort of stuff often goes here? SPchief explained it well, so I'll just copy that:

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If you locate something of interest.. ANYTHING.. deals on apparel, best ways in/out of the stadium, giveaways, great stories from this season or from seasons gone by, rumors, trades, anything.... feel free to post it here.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:07 PM   #1066
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Hope this is one we look back at and were like 'damn we shouldve been more excited'
This signing is exciting, don't get me wrong. But the Royals cock-teased us by saying it was a MAJOR announcement.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #1067
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They could pay him the league minimum for the next 5 years. This is just free money for him.
I understand but I get the feeling that KC is aiming for these guys simply because they know they can get them cheap. Not saying it isn't fair but damn, in 2 years he's gonna be worth 5x what he's getting.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:13 PM   #1068
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I understand but I get the feeling that KC is aiming for these guys simply because they know they can get them cheap. Not saying it isn't fair but damn, in 2 years he's gonna be worth 5x what he's getting.
That's why they're paying him money they don't have to. It's a show of good faith for him when it's time to re-sign and for potential free agents whose agents will look at the team as one that takes care of it's own. That's several million the team didn't have to cough up.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #1069
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This signing is exciting, don't get me wrong. But the Royals cock-teased us by saying it was a MAJOR announcement.
I think they see it that way... and even given the small sample size I'm not going to disagree. I think the kid is special. Catchers who can change the game with their defense are few and far between. This guy is a cornerstone.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #1070
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I'm all about the Perez deal. Was kinda hoping it'd be Gordo, but I'm sure it'll get done at some point.

Now...when's the lifetime contract for Hosmer get done? He's the guy I'm scared of losing down the road (yeah, I know, not for a long time...but still...).

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My God, the Royals are like a real grown up baseball team all of a sudden! I haven't been this excited about them since the 80s... yikes, I'm getting old.
At least you were alive for longer than 6 months in the 80s to see it...

This is by far the most excited I've ever been for Royals baseball.
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That's why they're paying him money they don't have to. It's a show of good faith for him when it's time to re-sign and for potential free agents whose agents will look at the team as one that takes care of it's own. That's several million the team didn't have to cough up.
I'm not sure on the rules but could they have forced him to play the next five years for the league minimum?
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #1072
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I'm not sure on the rules but could they have forced him to play the next five years for the league minimum?
I'm no expert, but I think so. The first several years are at the club's discretion. The players get their up front via the signing bonus if they're good enough.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
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I think they see it that way... and even given the small sample size I'm not going to disagree. I think the kid is special. Catchers who can change the game with their defense are few and far between. This guy is a cornerstone.
Exactly. This is the kind of move that separates the new improved Royals from the disappointing Royals we have come to know the last 20+ years.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:27 PM   #1074
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I'm not sure on the rules but could they have forced him to play the next five years for the league minimum?
No, his last last three years of those, he'd be arbitration eligible.
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I have to tip my hat to DM, hes really been great this offseason.
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Exactly. This is the kind of move that separates the new improved Royals from the disappointing Royals we have come to know the last 20+ years.
Yep.
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I have to tip my hat to DM, hes really been great this offseason.
What has he done again? Sanchez. Perez. What else? Oh yeah, not signed another starter.

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:27 PM   #1078
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What has he done again? Sanchez. Perez. What else? Oh yeah, not signed another starter.

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If he did, Paulino might not be in the rotation! Not knocking you or anything, I like Paulino too. Just saying that most people seem to think that if the Royals did get another starter, Paulino would be the one out.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #1079
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What has he done again? Sanchez. Perez. What else? Oh yeah, not signed another starter.

Congrats?
If we're building for the long haul, I'm okay with not signing a starter just for the sake of signing a starter. I'm not a fan of anyone who was available. Let's see what we've got this year so that we can know how to attack next year. If we look up in August and find ourselves in the thick of things but needing a starter, then we can make a trade.

Kyle Davies isn't in the rotation, so we're automatically better than we were last year.
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If we're building for the long haul, I'm okay with not signing a starter just for the sake of signing a starter. I'm not a fan of anyone who was available. Let's see what we've got this year so that we can know how to attack next year. If we look up in August and find ourselves in the thick of things but needing a starter, then we can make a trade.

Kyle Davies isn't in the rotation, so we're automatically better than we were last year.
You mean July.
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