On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, over 1,000 Toronto Blue Jays season ticket holders attended the annual “State of the Franchise” event at Rogers Centre. Guests were treated to a coctail party, complimentary food from the concession stands, and adult beverages from the bar. Following introductions of Paul Beeston, Alex Anthopoulos, and John Gibbons, Buck Martinez, the emcee for the evening directed everyone’s attention to the Jumbotron for the following Blue Jays 2013 highlight video:
As of January 29, 2013 Dayton Moore had achieved an almost perfect off season. He filled the chasm at 2nd base, found a solution for right field, traded for a power hitting backup and potential platoon for 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas and acquired a starting pitcher, while not Ervin Santana’s equal, at least able to provide solid innings in 2014.
And then to match the weather outside Kaufman Stadium, Moore turned his near perfect winter upside down in just three short days. Or so it may seem to many Royals fans.
The first move came Wednesday afternoon when Moore acquired Carlos Peguero from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations – basically as close to nothing as you can get. The Mariners designated Peguero for assignment a few days before when they signed catcher John Buck, a former Royal of all things, to a free agent contract. Continue reading
This is the third in a series previewing the 2014 Kansas City Royals as they prepare for spring training in Surprise, AZ. Yesterday, I discussed the biggest team disappointment in 2013, the infield. Today, I cover the outfield and what to expect for 2014.
The Royals 2013 outfield had many highs and lows. While left fielder Alex Gordon had what many called a subpar year on offense, he still hit to a respectable 265/327/422 slash line, had just one less RBI than team leader Billy Butler and once again put up stellar defensive numbers to earn his second consecutive Gold Glove. Why teams continue running on Gordon’s cannon in left field is one of the bigger questions in baseball.
The emergence of David Lough as a solid defensive outfielder and timely hitter through the season’s middle months also provided a highlight while the acquisition of Justin Maxwell and his penchant for game winning home run heroics occupied several highlight reels. Continue reading