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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 07-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #7411
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Remember when we could have traded Soria for Derek Holland? Yea...
I don't remember ever seeing that offer. I remember a lot of people thinking the Yankees would offer Jesus Montero with no evidence to back it up.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:34 PM   #7412
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According to Dallas Morning News the deal is done. Would have been a sweet deal for the Royals but the plus side is that it sets a pretty high value now for anyone wanting Santana.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #7413
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #7414
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According to Dallas Morning News the deal is done. Would have been a sweet deal for the Royals but the plus side is that it sets a pretty high value now for anyone wanting Santana.
Yes.

If I'm Dayton Moore, I would have done that for Olt and Edwards. But cest la vie.

Hopefully, they still move Santana. Should be able to extra a similar or slightly better package for Ervin.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #7415
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Yes.

If I'm Dayton Moore, I would have done that for Olt and Edwards. But cest la vie.

Hopefully, they still move Santana. Should be able to extra a similar or slightly better package for Ervin.
IF he moves him, which he won't.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:10 PM   #7416
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According to Dallas Morning News the deal is done. Would have been a sweet deal for the Royals but the plus side is that it sets a pretty high value now for anyone wanting Santana.
GMDM HAS to listen....and make the move. It's like the Royals need to lose now...they aren't winning this division

This has made Santana even more valuable at this point as it comes down to the deadline. Wouldn't be surprised if the Dodgers, Cards and some other contenders jump on to try and ask for him.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:29 PM   #7417
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Blow it up. Santana should garner some attention and put Billay fatass on the mkt too. He has been the largest disappointment this year. He got a pretty big payday for a fat unathletic DH. Epic fail by the front office. Give one of your biggest contracts to a fatass DH that can't play the field. This team is just never gonna win.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:42 PM   #7418
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Here's your #3 hitter Royals fans. Come to the park and watch him hit into a double play or pop up to the second baseman and then yell at the home plate ump.
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Well.....thanks Dayton.....you bridged the gap from College Basketball to Training Camp!

Now it's time to SELL, SELL, SELL.

What do they say about not learning from history? (You're doomed to repeat it)

Butler is another Sweeney, waiting to happen. Trade him now, before it happens to us yet again.

And as much as I love having a good pitching staff.......I cant imagine Santana having this good of season again next year.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #7420
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Well.....thanks Dayton.....you bridged the gap from College Basketball to Training Camp!

Now it's time to SELL, SELL, SELL.

What do they say about not learning from history? (You're doomed to repeat it)

Butler is another Sweeney, waiting to happen. Trade him now, before it happens to us yet again.

And as much as I love having a good pitching staff.......I cant imagine Santana having this good of season again next year.
Define good pitching staff. Shields and Santana have been good, but Guthrie is flirting with ave at a huge contract. Wade Davies sucks and Chen/Dozer are just flip the coin. Blow this thing up and start at the top. Realize we can't fire the owner, but start from there.
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Sorry to vent. I have taken my kids to 4 games this year and we have seen them win every game. Made some amazing memories. It's not cheap to go to a game. Oh well. Guess we made some memories. End of rant. Trade Billy Butler. Fat, unathletic. Any takers.
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