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Royals searching for starters

Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 10:49 am
Much to his dismay, it appears Royals general manager Dayton Moore has remembered he must field a team in 2011 -- one with hitters and pitchers.

Bruce Chen So far the Royals rotation is Vin Mazzaro, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Sean O'Sullivan. The team needs a fifth starter (or first or second or third or fourth, depending on how you look at it) for next season, but with an influx of talent due in Kansas City in 2012, Moore isn't looking to give out a multi-year deal to anyone.

Moore told's Dick Kaegel that he's only looking at starting pitching at this point in the offseason. There's little on the free-agent market, but the team could bring back Bruce Chen.

"We're still open-minded with that," Moore told Kaegel. "He performed very well with us last year and showed us what he had, and we've got a comfort level there."

Chen, 33, went 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 starts for the Royals last season. Chen is a Scott Boras client and has apparently been eyeing a multi-year deal following his good 2010, but his status as a free agent shows that nobody is biting, even in a pitching-poor market.

Or Kansas City could look to trade, although it's unlikely the team would give up too much for a short-term solution.

"It's something that we'll continue to look at, and it might be Spring Training or early next year," Moore said. "You're always looking to get better, so it's not out of the question we might make some kind of move and pitching is one of those areas where you can never have enough depth. And we don't want to be in a position where we're force-feeding some of those kids, either."

Still, some of those kids -- Aaron Crow, John Lamb and Danny Duffy -- could get an extended look during spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:49 am

Royals searching for starters

GRSOHO, agree that the signings of Franceour and Cabrera are awful but going with rookies too early in the season means giving up a year of major league service and the Royals can't afford to. The fact is that the consensus opinion of experts is that the Royals have far and away the best farm system in baseball. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the kids couldn't beat the opening day team six times in a seven game series. It will be 2012 before they compete for anything and if only half of the kids turn out to be decent, they'll still be a competitive ball club.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:41 pm

Royals searching for starters

I think you're right on that: it was once bottled and sold as    ' Pure Lake Erie ' elixir that cures all ,except the Cleveland Indians of course.  Now they've put it in the beer at the Indians' home games.  Fans know it though, and show up just to have a taste.  It is deleterious.  Why on earth would they show up?  Not to relish the beauty of Lake Erie, I'm sure.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:50 pm

Moe, stories about the Royals whould be banned !

This franschise is a waste. Their fans, their stadium, theor players.....they are all a waste. Put this team in Triple A, and they would probably be sub-.500. Influx of talent in 2012? What are they getting........people who bat over .230? Disgrace.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:32 pm

Royals searching for starters

Yeah, I know,and that's their problem: they just don't trust the Missouri River, so they let the paddle-wheel sounds juggle their brains, and then go and sign washed-up players who can't possibly help them.  They'd be better off selling tickets to the game and including rides on either river wearing goggles with windshield wipers that activate once the dust from  the ' bowl ' turns to mud. It would more exciting than a game, wouldn't it?

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:26 pm

Royals searching for starters

Yes, the Mississippi River water has often produced deletrious effects on the KC Royals. Similar to how Lake Michigan has felled many promising Cleveland Indians teams.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:11 pm

Royals searching for starters

A team salary cap with a team salary minimum would go a long way towards fixing most teams. Dont see that happening without a major battle though.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:27 pm

Royals searching for starters

The problem with the Kansas City Royals has always been and will always be David Glass. From the day he was able to get MLB to accept his $96 million bid over a $120 million bid by others, he has run the franchise as if it was a Wal Mart outlet. He has consistently turned a profit with a subpar product, which goes into his pocket and not back into the team. I am honestly surprised that a bruised and beaten 12 year old Laotian boy hasn't been recruited to play 2nd base. He has no sense of civic or regional pride, and only endures the Royals greats of the past if it enables him to line his own pockets further. I sincerely doubt he will ever sell the team, since a clause in his deal to buy the Royals stipulates that any profits from the sale of the team must go to charity. The only was this will happen is if the Glass family sets up the David Glass Memorial Charity Fund, with his three idiot children on the board of directors.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:57 pm

Royals searching for starters

Infoman- consult a geography book or a map.  the Missouri river passes through KC.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Royals searching for starters

The Mississippi River is 250 miles away from KC.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:34 pm

Royals searching for starters

Already looking forward to football season next year and bypassing baseball. Its going to be another long year.

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