Tag Archives: Kansas City Royals

MLB Previews: Marlins, Royals, Astros, Angels, Dodgers

The status quo rules in Florida, Kansas City and Houston. Everyone in Los Angeles will be keeping their fingers crossed. Continue reading

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Gil Meche’s Retirement

HOWARD MEGDAL: I wouldn’t have thought any less of Gil Meche if he’d taken the path most other broken-down baseball players did, and earned the last $12 million of his contract with the Kansas City Royals. But I certainly think more of him for taking an honest assessment of his situation, and choosing his kids over making money to do something he’s no longer able to do.

CHRIS PUMMER: The praise being heaped on Meche for walking away from his last big paycheck are overdone. He should collect. Continue reading

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MLB Salary Floor

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t see a salary floor as anything other than a good thing for baseball, with a pair of resulting economic pressures leading to improved competitive balance.

CHRIS PUMMER: There’s no question that some teams are spending too little on their payrolls. That was evident even before financial information was leaked that showed some teams pocketing revenue-sharing money instead of reinvesting it in their product.

But a hard salary floor just isn’t the way to go. Continue reading

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The Jeff Suppan Signing in Review

CHRIS PUMMER: With the Milwaukee Brewers deciding to punt Jeff Suppan to the curb, they’ve suffered a number of snarky comments calling into question the wisdom of signing the soft-tossing pitcher to a four-year contract in the first place.

I won’t try to argue that it was a great decision. But it wasn’t an awful decision. And it was certainly one where the Brewers realized an upside that’s maybe hard to see through the billowing smoke coming from the pile of cash they’ve burned on Suppan’s uselessness this year and last.

HOWARD MEGDAL: There are two critical points Chris makes that I think speak to the inherent flaw in a team like Milwaukee spending money on a guy like Jeff Suppan. Continue reading

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American League Central Division Preview

Last Year’s Final Standings
Minnesota
Detroit
Chicago
Cleveland
Kansas City Continue reading

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Floating Realignment

CHRIS PUMMER: as long as the Red Sox and Yankees keep printing money on their way to division title after division title, keeping advertisers, television networks and revenue-sharing, bottom-feeding teams happy, then baseball’s ownership circle probably doesn’t see this as a problem in dire need of a solution.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I agree with Chris on the economics of this, but the largest reason for scuttling any floating realignment is a simple one: emotional attachment to rivalries. Continue reading

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Baseball Winter Meetings Reaction: Day 3

Perpetual Post authors analyze and discuss the rumors and transactions from the MLB Winter Meetings. Continue reading

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Early-Season Achiever Smackdown: Royals OR Mariners?

JESSICA BADER: The Royals’ current record is not a fluke. Through their first 32 games, they have a run differential of +27, behind only the Toronto Blue Jays (+50) in the AL, and their Pythagorean record is one game better than their actual record.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Instead of evaluating how real the wins and losses are, I like to see which stat lines are incongrous with what can be reasonably expected over the remainder of the season. By this standard, unfortunately, I think the Royals are due to fall well short of their early success, much as I hope I am wrong. It is the Seattle Mariners who have ample reason for optimism, building on a solid 16-16 start. Continue reading

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