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  1. “This post could easily be three words long”

    OOOOhhhh, do we get to guess what they are?

    Stop playing baseball.
    Spend some money.
    Hire a real coach.

    damn… that last one doesn’t count…

    Comment by Tom B — June 16, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  2. The more I read about Gordon and Kila being buried in AAA for whatever reason, the more upset I get. Moore is an awful GM, anyone that points to the farm systems as evidence that he’s not is looking at the wrong example.

    Comment by kevin — June 16, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  3. would a trade for Ianetta be a possibility with Kila as a centerpiece? or would Rosario be closer to the age group KC is looking for?

    Comment by The Tom — June 16, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

  4. trade Zack Grienke

    Comment by Adam D — June 16, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  5. Chris Ianetta plays for the Rockies not the Royals….

    Comment by Steve — June 16, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Go go gadget sarcasm meter(Iannetta and Gordon are scapegoated and blocked)

    Comment by The Tom — June 16, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  7. right… sorry, punctuation fail up there a bit. Hopefully the meaning is a bit more clear now.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — June 16, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  8. Brian Bannister has to end up with the Padres, right?

    Comment by Gopherballs — June 16, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  9. Okay, I give up — is there a reference here I’m missing?

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — June 16, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  10. Trust the Process™

    Comment by JonnyBS — June 16, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

  11. Got me, I figured it was a Floyd reference but he never played there, maybe just because every soft tossing pitcher deserves a shot to pitch at Petco?

    Comment by The Tom — June 16, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

  12. Simple.

    FIRE. DAYTON. MOORE.

    Comment by AxDxMx — June 16, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  13. I believe Dayton explained the plan this way:
    “Play better baseball.”

    Comment by kcemigre — June 16, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  14. The Padres love starters with Bannister’s skill set, which not only fits perfectly with Petco, but usually can be acquired cheaply. Those pitchers then tend to flourish, or at least post superficially good ERAs. It would be nice to see Bannister in a place where he could succeed and be appreciated. Of course, he probably already knows this.

    Comment by Gopherballs — June 16, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  15. Fire Dayton Moore

    Free Kila, Gordon

    DFA Yu Bet

    Hmm… maybe

    TRUST THE PROCESS!!!!!!1

    Comment by TheBravestWay — June 16, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  16. I’m a little confused as to whether you think they can contend in 2012, or whether that is when they will get significant help from the farm system. Moustakas, Hosmer, Montgomery, Crow, and some C+ prospects like Lough, Robinson and Louis Coleman better be in the mix by 2012 or that will be a massive failure. That group is much better than any wave they’ve had come through in quite a while, and it’s not including guys who are expected to move very quickly like Dwyer, Lamb, and Colon.

    They should certainly be in position to get high quality talent to the majors by 2012, but I completely agree that they need to trade guys like Grienke, Soria and Butler while they have so much value because they are cost-controlled. Even if all that talent comes on schedule, competing before 2013 is a fantasy. As far as the farm system has come, they still have big holes (no prospect at all at 2B, e.g.) and need a lot more depth.

    Comment by Paul — June 16, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

  17. I don’t really think they can contend in 2012, barring (perhaps unparalleled) good fortune in player development. I mean, they’d not only need Moustakas, Hosmer, Montgomery, and Colon (among others) to be up in the majors to start the season, but be solid contributors. Even good player development can’t guarantee things will be that smooth for all of them.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — June 16, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

  18. Just Give Up?

    Actually, I don’t think it’s that far-fetched that the Royals will contend in 2012. With the All-Star Game coming to town, I really hope they do. Really, the best case scenario for a couple of these players may be to let them play out the contract and hope that they become Type-A free agents, because they’re not getting anything for them now.

    Comment by Dave — June 16, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  19. Remember, your competition is ..
    1. The Twins – ok, new park, some guy behind the plate, and.. a smallish budget too
    2. Detroit – Miggie, Verlander and… ?
    3. ChiSox – Who knows what will be left after this years firesale (and perhaps next years too).
    4. Cleveland – ugh.. name two players that are still good? (and, if you can, you have their next tradable commodities!)

    Looking forward, the only future competion is Twins.. They are always there. Rock steady there in the north. So, given the overall weak division, I can see competition at least. The All star game will be a boost. They will play to keep Grienke as well. (if they lose, he walks, if they win, he stays scenario).

    That said.. its been since 85 for post season, and .. ugh, for winning season. I cant really count that fluke season a few ago, for some reason.. more an abberation to me than anything.

    Comment by Cidron — June 16, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  20. I can’t be the only one in love with DeJesus. This guy redefines undervalued, simply because there isn’t one thing he does on an elite level. Would love to see him home in the Bronx for the next few seasons.

    Comment by Mister Delaware — June 16, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  21. I think you’re underselling Detroit quite a bit. Ilitch is more than willing to pump money into the team, and they dump almost all of their dead-weight contracts after this season. Verlander and Miggy tie up about $40 million in payroll, but Dombrowski should have another $80-90 million to work with, and they’ve got some good cost-controlled players already in place. Porcello showed us what he can do last year; he’s going to get over the struggles he had in his age-21 season. Jackson obviously isn’t as good as his hit-lucky BA would indicate, but he can probably be a league-average hitter with a plus glove in center – tons of surplus when you’ve got that for only six figures.

    Comment by Kevin S. — June 17, 2010 @ 12:07 am

  22. 2012 should be a year of much higher expectations, but they aren’t going anywhere until they can fill out the starting rotation, and i’m seeing much more of the high ceiling capability with the hitting crop. I wonder if after Greinke The Royals might just be fighting over a large pool of 4th starter types.

    Comment by baty — June 17, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  23. I am pretty sure it is:

    Extend Dayton Moore

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — June 17, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  24. I love DeJesus too. Trade him to my Pads. They could sure use his type-a guy that you are quite right in saying doesn’t do anything at an elite level, but does everything reasonably well. They’d get a good player without breaking the bank.

    Comment by jirish — June 17, 2010 @ 1:32 am

  25. I think the Twins budget is up to $100 million. The younger Pohlad is not quite the miser his father was.

    The Twins are in a good position to be on top of this division for a long time.

    Comment by RoyalsRetro — June 17, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  26. Home for DeJesus is Kansas City now, since he lives there year round.

    Comment by geo — June 17, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  27. Underselling DET is one of the commandments here.

    Any other organization would continually have the amount of $ coming off the books while retaining core mega-talent mentioned ijn every other article.

    I don’t see any way out for KCR. With their budget, they either need to find the best value at each position (not likely) or do it through the draft (but they have to “committ to the kids”).

    Starting with the Guillen and Meche signings, they got trapped in the “are we trying to rebuild or trying to contend” quagmire. They over-paid for “veteran production”, and it’s been a yoke for them since.

    At this point, they practically need complete overhaul where they can get a large group of young tallent that can “come into their own” at the same time. What they don’t need is sporatic young talent mixed with the average (or below) veteran players.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 17, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  28. Nine all-stars for the AA Naturals.

    Comment by dirge — June 17, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  29. To be fair, Meche was a good signing until they mangled his arm.

    Comment by Kevin S. — June 17, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

  30. 8 team league, 4 teams for each roster.

    Comment by UZR is a Joke — June 17, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  31. I think they should get Alex Gordon back to the Kansas City Royals. He did as good a job as anyone. Just had some bad breaks on injuries which could happen to any one of them. Go Gordon!!

    Comment by Lee — June 28, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

  32. It was a good signing in isolation. But, Meche wasn’t pushing them any closer to contention given the other deals (or lack of deals) they made.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 28, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

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