Who knew he had it in him?
Royals GM Dayton Moore has a reputation for getting the off-season started in a hurry. It had become common for Moore’s ‘big move’ of the winter to happen about thirty seconds after the final out of the World Series, but not this year. Not unless the ‘big move’ was trading Aaron Crow.
Thus far, the Royals off-season has consisted of resigning reliever Jason Frasor, trading reliever Aaron Crow and resigning RELIEVER Luke Hochevar. I don’t buy the conversation that Hochevar will be in the starting rotation, if only because that sounds too much like the ‘old’ Royals and not the ‘we played in game seven of the World Series’ Royals.
If Moore was actually truthful when he speculated yesterday that the Royals might carry 13 pitchers in 2015, you might as well carry good ones. With an array of Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar, an imaginative manager could really shorten a game and do so night after night. I’m just going to the leave that there and let you ponder.
At any rate, it has been a busy off-season…for other teams, but I am not sure there are a lot of deals that have gone down that make you say ‘I wish the Royals would have done that.’
Quite obviously, the Royals are not in need of a big name reliever, but even if they were would you give Andrew Miller four years and $36 million or David Robertson four years and $46 million?
Bats? They aren’t cheap, either, and a lot of them are old.
I don’t think anyone but Detroit was really in on Victor Martinez, but four years and $68 million? Yikes. Russell Martin signed a five year deal for $82 million, Nick Markakis went for four and $44 million, Nelson Cruz for four and $58 million, Billy Butler for godssake got three years and $30 million and the carcass of Torii Hunter got a $10 million to play another year. A lot of people like Markakis, by the way, but put his numbers up next to those of Nori Aoki and tell me you want to write the check the Braves just did.
Those deals, by the way, at least made me give a couple of minutes of thought. Hanley Ramirez? Pablo Sandoval? Adam LaRoche? Didn’t even take the time to look of the stats on those.
Listen, when the two ‘best’ deals of the off-season are Michael Cuddyer at 2/$21 million and a draft pick and Yasmany Tomas at 6 years/$68 million and hope he can hit major league pitching, being not in the news is not a bad thing. Frankly, I think Tomas would have been worth the gamble and the money, but I can see the logic in not making that leap, too.
Would you trade for one year of Jeff Samardzija? Well, given the price, maybe, but I don’t know who is the Royals’ equivalent of Marcus Semien. Let’s face it, I don’t know what Billy Beane is doing, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Oakland won 90 games again with Billy Butler and bunch of guys none of us thought were any good.
Josh Donaldson? Yes, but then I don’t know that anyone besides Oakland and Toronto knew that he was available. Besides, Brett Lawrie is better than Mike Moustakas, which means the Royals’ package going to Oakland would not make the prospect hounds comfortable.
The other deals that have been completed are hard to see where Kansas City would fit or why they would want to.
It would not be uncommon for Dayton Moore to be the first in the pool when it comes to signing a free agent starter, but the current demands (I think/hope) may be convincing him to slow play the market. I like Ervin Santana, but I don’t like five year of him and he, along with most of the ‘second tier’ guys, probably aren’t coming down from their demands until they see what the losers of the Lester deal decide to do.
Anxious for a big winter move? Sure, we are all. Hell, Dayton, get an extra check blank from Mr. Glass and sign Melky Cabrera AND Santana! In lieu of that, however, patience might serve the Royals well this winter.
Of course, there is a fine line between being patient and being paralyzed.