Tag:Jermaine Dye
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:46 pm

GM Moore: Royals will keep home-grown talent

KANSAS CITY -- If Bubba Starling, the Royals' first-round pick in Monday's draft, follows the same path as Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon (this year's model), Billy Butler, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Crow and even Mike Moustakas, an already rich farm system will become even more fertile.

But if Starling and some of those other guys follow the path of Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye as short timers in Kansas City, then might this Royal praise be fool's gold?

Mixed in among the 25 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance was one significant recent false start, in 2003. The Royals that year had their only winning season in the past 16, and Tony Pena was named American League manager of the year. Beltran, at 26, was the center fielder.

By the middle of '04, Beltran had been traded to Houston and by the middle of '05, Pena had been fired.

The general manager is different now -- Dayton Moore instead of Allard Baird -- but the owner is still the same in David Glass.

"Everybody wants to sign good, young players long-term," Moore told me during a conversation shortly after the Royals made Starling their top pick. "We're no different in Kansas City. We've demonstrated that over the last three years by signing Zack Greinke, although we traded him, Billy Butler and Joakim Soria to long-term deals. Those have been our three most productive players over the last four years."

And in the Royals' defense, though they're short on pitching, their price for Greinke was high, including current shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Moore has said more than once that if the Yankees or the Red Sox want somebody in today's game, they're eventually going to get him.

"That's why you've got to have a great farm system," Moore said. "If you have a lot of good players, it's going to be hard to sign all of them long-term in the economy of today's game.

"John Schuerholz in Atlanta [the former GM and current president] signed Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones long-term, but he couldn't keep Rafael Furcal. He signed John Smoltz long-term but couldn't keep Tom Glavine, even though he tried.

"Our goal, by 2012, 2013, is to have the majority of our 25-man roster reflect home-grown talent. Hopefully, we can do it. We're on pace to do it. Then there's a pride factor -- they know the rookie ball hitting coach and manager, the know the coaches and managers all the way up."

Then, Moore says, if players decline long-term deals or leave via free agency, "they're not just saying no to the Kansas City Royals. They're saying no to every coach, instructor, scout and front-office person. That's a major split."

Moore points to the Twins, who have signed Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Joe Nathan to long-term deals, as models.

"That's what we're trying to do," Moore said. "I believe in the plan. We have to execute the plan."

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Posted on: December 19, 2009 10:24 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2009 10:30 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

One of the more intriguing trade agreements from the winter meetings earlier this month in Indianapolis fell apart Saturday when the Rangers nixed the proposed Mike Lowell deal because of the third baseman's thumb injury, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

An examination of Lowell by specialists revealed that the injury, suffered late in the season, remains a problem: Lowell, according to sources, was found to have a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb, an injury that will require surgery following the holidays. Expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, which would mean that Lowell should be ready for spring training but might have to start slowly.

As part of the extensive physical examination the Rangers conducted, Lowell saw a hand specialist in Arizona on Friday and then met with other physicians in Arlington, Tex., on Saturday. The Rangers learned enough to scotch a deal that would have sent minor league catcher Max Ramirez and $3 million in cash to Boston with the Red Sox covering $9 million of Lowell's $12 million 2010 salary.

The Rangers have been looking for a middle-of-the-lineup bat and were hoping to use Lowell, who will be 36 on opening day, as a part-time designated hitter, first baseman and even spot him in at third base to give Michael Young the occasional day off.

Lowell, however, has an extensive injury history, most recently the thumb and a troublesome right hip. He underwent surgery on that, for a torn labrum, following the 2008 season. It was because of these two injuries in particular that the Rangers moved along at such a deliberate pace. While the framework of this deal was set in Indianapolis, officials from both clubs cautioned that several things needed to happen before it would be done.

Saturday's news is highly inconvenient for the Red Sox, who were hoping to move Lowell, clearing room for them to do two things: Add a middle-of-the-order bat who also upgrades the club defensively. Among other options, Boston has been courting free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and keeping in touch with the Padres regarding a possible Adrian Gonzalez deal.

In the latter, which sources say remains an point of intrigue for Boston but is not close to happening, Gonzalez could play first base and Kevin Youkilis would slide over to third.

But the development with Lowell's thumb now will make it impossible for the Red Sox to deal him before spring training. Clubs with any interest will want to see him play first and make sure he's healthy. Lowell batted .290 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs for the Sox in '09 but hurt his thumb taking batting practice during the season's final week.

The news also isn't good for the Rangers, who are trying to add a strong right-handed bat but don't have much money. The club is up for sale amid owner Tom Hicks' serious financial problems. With Boston paying much of the freight for Lowell, the Rangers had found a fairly creative way to improve inexpensively.

Now, without Lowell, the Rangers will look elsewhere -- possibly to designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, whose run with the Angels has all but come to an official end with Hideki Matsui joining them last week. Texas also is interested in free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, but unless his demand decrease, the Rangers probably won't be able to be a player there.

Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:17 am
Edited on: December 10, 2009 1:41 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Rangers and Red Sox are exploring a potential deal that would send third baseman Mike Lowell to Texas, and discussions have moved past the inquiry stage and turned serious, a source close to the negotiations told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night.

Lowell would go to Texas for minor-league catcher Max Ramirez. The Red Sox would pick up the tab on either the entire $12 million salary due Lowell in 2010, or almost all of it.

"I can't say that it's going to happen," the source said. "But there are discussions."

The Rangers want to add a right-handed bat but are limited by owner Tom Hicks' financial trouble as to what they can do. There was speculation earlier this winter that they would go after free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, but he's currently looking for a multi-year deal worth $8 to $9 million a season, and one Rangers' source said that's too far out of their range.

As for Lowell, though he will be 36 on opening day in 2010 and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip before the '09 season, he hit 17 homers and collected 75 RBI for the Red Sox last summer. The Rangers would move him around, spotting him at first base, third base and designated hitter in an effort to keep him fresh and his hip healthy.

The purpose of moving Lowell for the Red Sox would be to clear space in the lineup for the addition of another big addition. It is not a salary dump, because Boston would still be paying most of the freight for Lowell.

The replacement for Lowell could wind up being free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Boston is described as being "in the mix" for Beltre by a source close to the third baseman, who is looking for a multi-year contract. The Red Sox also could attempt to resurrect trade talks for San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez -- or add a different first baseman -- and move Kevin Youkilis over to third.

Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:41 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 12:43 pm

Rangers looking to deal Millwood

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Texas Rangers, broke and awaiting a new owner, continue discussions with Baltimore and other clubs to trade starting pitcher Kevin Millwood and the $12 million salary he's owed for 2010.

The Orioles and Mets have been the most persistent in the talks. Two other unidentified clubs have inquired as well. The Rangers are requiring cash and a right-handed bat in return.

There was some thought that if the Rangers could acquire enough cash in a Millwood deal, it would allow them to pursue a right-handed bat like Jermaine Dye through free agency. That is not going to happen, said one source with knowledge of the Rangers' situation, because even in that scenario, they could not acquire enough cash to shop in the free agent aisle.

Texas' best bet right now toward adding an impact bat remains ex-Ranger and current Chicago Cub Milton Bradley, whom the Cubs are shopping hard and hope to deal this week before the winter meetings end. But that is not going to happen, either, unless the Cubs agree to assume most of the remaining $23 million that remains on Bradley's contract over the next two years.

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