For the past few months I’ve been keeping a secret, and I’m finally able to share it with you. I’m writing a book! This is a huge deal for me – I’m pouring my heart and soul into this project, and I’d love for you to be a part of it in some way. Read below for more details. Continue reading
I noted yesterday the Baltimore Orioles placed Jimmy Paredes on waivers to clear space on the 40-man roster for newly signed pitcher Suk-Min Yoon. I half laughed and said to myself, “Dayton will probably claim Paredes,” knowing Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore’s history of grabbing other teams cast offs.
Thus, it came as no surprise when I woke this morning to find that Moore had in fact claimed Paredes. The only good news, at least this time, is that Moore waived Maikel Cleto – another Moore claimant – rather than cut loose one of the many long time Royals players toiling away in the minors in the hope they will one day get a chance to prove their worth at the major league level.
Admittedly, I don’t keep up with all 30 teams and am sure other teams make a similar number of moves during the season. Even Baltimore had just claimed Paredes the previous Saturday from the Miami Marlins. The difference is that many of those teams don’t have the minor league depth and number of players capable of making an impact on the major league roster. Continue reading
According to most writers, fans and even the team itself, this season is make or break for the Kansas City Royals. Not only are the Royals approaching record payroll but they are also in the final year of team leader James Shields contract. Even General Manager Dayton Moore highlighted the importance of 2014 in recent statements that this year is a “gamble” and the Royals are “past their break-even point.”
The Royals 2014 payroll currently stands at just under $90M, the highest in team history. And that does not include signing bonuses that will be paid to draft picks come June. Owner David Glass could cut his losses and force a house cleaning either at the July trade deadline if the team is struggling below .500 or at season’s end if they regress from the 86 wins of 2013. Glass already made his intent on the budget known when he required Moore to designate Emilio Bonifacio for assignment in order to sign pitcher Bruce Chen earlier this month.
In Shields case, the Royals acquired him prior to the 2013 season in a trade that sent #1 prospect Wil Myers to Tampa. That trade is still a point of contention among Royals fans more than 12 months after being made. Even Royals coaches admit the current management might not be here this year if not for THE TRADE – see Shields article in Kansas City Star this weekend. Continue reading