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Old 12-11-2012, 08:59 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 06-30-2013, 08:26 AM   #6361
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The Royals have released outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady, according to the Pacific Coast League's transactions page. Nady had been playing on a minor league deal that he agreed to after being cut in advance of the Article XX(B) free agent retention bonus deadline, back in late March. It is not presently known whether Nady exercised an opt out clause to trigger his release, or indeed whether he had any such clause in his contract.

Nady was hitting a robust .310/.382/.486 in 289 plate appearances for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. After a well-documented power outage over his last several seasons, moreover, Nady had swatted a promising 11 home runs thus far for Omaha. In a combined 166 big league plate appearances last season for the Nationals and Giants, Nady hit just .184/.253/.316.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:45 AM   #6362
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#Rockies signing Xavier Nady to minor-league deal. Scout who saw him recently says Nady, "swung as well as I have seen him in a while."
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #6363
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Royals have discussed the possibility of trading for Chase Utley.
It's not clear how far those discussions went, but, at least on the surface, Utley would make sense to fill the Royals' hole at second base. To this point, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has expressed a hesitancy of being a seller at the trade deadline, but he could certainly change his mind over the next few weeks.
Source: Boston Globe Jun 30 - 10:28 AM
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Royals have discussed the possibility of trading for Chase Utley.
It's not clear how far those discussions went, but, at least on the surface, Utley would make sense to fill the Royals' hole at second base. To this point, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has expressed a hesitancy of being a seller at the trade deadline, but he could certainly change his mind over the next few weeks.
Source: Boston Globe Jun 30 - 10:28 AM
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:02 PM   #6365
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:55 PM   #6366
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I thought this was interesting. There are two SPs on the Royals who receive less run support than Shields. Santana and Guthrie.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:23 PM   #6367
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Jair Jurrjens Designated For Assignment
By Edward Creech [June 30 at 2:51pm CST]
The Orioles have tweeted they have designated Jair Jurrjens for assignment off the 25-man roster to clear a spot for Brian Roberts. Roberts, who had been on the 60-day disabled list recovering from a right hamstring strain, is in the lineup tonight against the Yankees as the DH batting ninth.

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Old 06-30-2013, 09:29 PM   #6368
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:43 PM   #6369
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How long will we continue to go with Davis in the rotation?
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How long will we continue to go with Davis in the rotation?
Until Duffy/Paulino are ready. He's only really had one bad start in his last five starts. I think he gets a little bit of a bad wrap.
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Rick Sutcliffe picked KC as his team who isn't currently first in their division to win their division.

He's an alcoholic right?
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He's an alcoholic right?
He's from Independence so sometimes you gotta let things slide.

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