Tag:Gil Meche
Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Gil Meche
The Royals have announced that pitcher Gil Meche is retiring with a year and $12 million left on his club-record five-year, $55 million contract.

Meche, 32, was limited to nine starts in 2010 due to shoulder problems. He decided for forgo surgery on the shoulder, not wanting to be out for the 2011 season. He said in August his plan was to rehab as well as he could and return in the bullpen.

He's expected to release a statement soon, but if Meche is retiring because he doesn't want to take money he's not going to earn next season, he is to be commended. There aren't a lot of athletes who would do that.

UPDATE: Here is the statement from Meche:
"After a lot of thinking and prioritizing of issues in my life I have decided to retire from baseball.  As a competitor my entire life this is the hardest decision that I've ever faced, but it's not fair to me, my family or the Kansas City Royals that I attempt to pitch anymore.  I came into this game as a starting pitcher and unfortunately my health, more accurately, my shoulder, has deteriorated to the point where surgery would be the only option and at this stage of my life I would prefer to call it a career rather than to attempt to pitch in relief for the final year of my contract.  I can't thank the Kansas City Royals and their fans enough for my four seasons there and if I have any regret, it's that we weren't able to accomplish on the field what the goal was when I signed there."
UPDATE: Well, maybe we need to hold off on declaring Meche a national hero. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is hearing from sources in Kansas City that Meche's contract might stipulate that the Royals have to pay Meche anyway. In that case the team would probably be able to recoup at least some of that through insurance. We'll update when we get more details.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Jon-Paul Morosi reports that multiple sources have told him Meche will forfeit the $12 million due him. You don't hear much about players passing up dollars too often -- especially guaranteed -- so one has to really give props here. Meche knew he couldn't perform, so instead of heading to spring training, landing on the DL and collecting $12 million, he opted to call it quits.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Gil Meche, Royals
 
Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:00 am
 

Meche thinks he'll be in bullpen in 2011

Gil Meche
Gil Meche chose not to collect $12 million for sitting out next season. Instead, it sounds ike he's going to be a really, really expensive reliever.

Meche opted against surgery on his troubled shoulder that would have knocked him out for the final year of his Royals-record five-year, $55 million contract. Instead, Meche, who started just nine games this season, is rehabbing and planning to return late in the season out of the bullpen.

But Meche told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he's pretty sure the relief role is going to be permanent.

"Ninety-five percent, yeah," he said. "I mean, we've been at this for two years trying to start and my shoulder just doesn't recover [from] throwing 90 pitches in five days. So needing to be my best as a starting pitcher isn't going to work." 

Meche deserves credit for opting to do what he can to help the team next year -- the easy move would have been to have the surgery, take a year of wear off his arm and protect his future earning potential. But he's personally making 16 percent of the Royals' payroll this season, and that's a lot of money to mop up in middle relief.

-- David Andriesen

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Tags: Gil Meche, Royals
 
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Meche may return this season

Gil Meche Gil Meche's 2010 -- and '11 -- may not be over.

Meche has elected not to have shoulder surgery, writes the Kansas City Star 's Daniel Paulling , and hopes to pitch in the bullpen in September.

"I took an option of not having it," Meche said. "My shoulder's beat up and everything. We're going a different option. The only way to play out my contract and contribute something to this organization, having surgery wasn't the way to go.

"For me, starting pitching is not an option for me. I'm going to pitch in the bullpen and see if my shoulder can handle it. As far as the endurance and stress, my shoulder can't do it."

Surgery on his right shoulder would have been his third and kept him from playing in 2011. Meche will be 32 in September and another shoulder surgery could have ended his career.

According to Paulling, the Royals want Meche to throw 20 and 40 pitches every other day in relief next month. Meche said he doesn't think starting will be an option for him in 2011, although manager Ned Yost said it was a possibility. Next season is the final year of his five-year, $55 million contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Royals' Meche couldn't feel better

Gil Meche Gil Meche is on the cusp of returning to the Royals, and according to manager Ned Yost, couldn't be throwing better.

"He was electric," Yost told MLB.com after Meche threw three sets of 20 pitches in the bullpen Monday. He tossed fastballs and changeups while incorporating curveballs near the end
"[The pitches] were way better than I thought they would be," Meche said. "Better than during the year and starts that I've had. So it's definitely strong. Now it's just maintaining it."

Meche has gotten 2010 off to a lousy start as he has a devilish 6.66 ERA in nine starts. He then went on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis after starting the year on the DL with right shoulder stiffness. But all that's behind Meche now.

"My command has gotten much better, and I feel like the life on my ball is really good," he said. "And I'm able to throw off the mound with pretty much no discomfort or anything. Every once in a while I might throw the ball a little awkward so I'm not in the slot I need to be in and it might feel a little snug at times, but it goes away immediately as soon as I get back to where I need to be."

The righty began throwing bullpen sessions last week and will graduate to pitching against hitters on Friday if he passes Tuesday and Wednesday's tests, which involve playing catch.

The $55 million man will follow up throwing to pitchers Friday with a simulated game on July 15 and then head to the minors for a few rehab outings.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Gil Meche, Royals
 
Posted on: June 26, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Meche making progress

Gil Meche Gil Meche is making more money this season than anyone has ever made in the history of the Kansas City Royals. And don't think he's not fully aware of that fact.

What he's been able to give the Royals so far for their $12 million is nine starts and zero wins. He's been out since late May with bursitis in his shoulder, and even when he was playing he wasn't doing them much good (0-4, 6.66 ERA). Royals starters have a collective 5.08 ERA, second-highest in the American League.

Meche threw a 30-pitch bullpen session off the mound Saturday and hopes to return shortly after the All-Star break.

"I'm just throwing fastballs, no breaking balls yet," he told MLB.com. "I want to get up to 40 pitches next time and keep going up each time. I'm just trying to get my arm slot back. My shoulder strength is definitely better."

Meche has gone 29-38 with a 4.32 ERA since signing a $55 million contract with Kansas City after the 2006 season. The contract runs through 2011.

-- David Andriesen

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Tags: Gil Meche, Royals
 
 
 
 
 
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