It’s time to catch up on a few links from the last couple of weeks. It’s getting closer and closer to the magical time when pitchers and catchers start to report to spring training when a lot of coverage will focus on position battles and the latest hype of who’s in the best shape of their life and which fringe pitcher is working on a new pitch “that’s really moving around”.
I love spring training.
Here are some other goings on in the Royals universe:
- The Kansas City Business Journal looks at how the Royals will market the team in 2011 after the Zack Greinke trade. While Billy Butler and Joakim Soria are the faces of the franchise, Butler’s not quite the draw Greinke is and Soria’s no guarantee on any given day to appear, so the Royals will be featuring the stadium and the experience while introducing the players who’ll start making their way into the big leagues later in the season.
- There’s an interesting interview from earlier in 2010 featuring Billy Butler while talking with Phoenix Bats where he said all the right things for a Royals fan. He hates how money is such a factor in baseball. He loves it in Kansas City, and he wants to stick around as long as the Royals will have him. We’ve heard these kinds of things before from players, but my gut says Butler might actually mean it.
- Mike Moustakas was on XM Radio a few weeks ago and talked about, among other things, the talent in the Royals system and the opportunity to pick George Brett’s brain. I like this kid’s makeup – he’s gonna be a great leader once the Royals start taking big steps.
- Wally at Call To The Pen has a depressing graph that you may or may not want to look at. I’ll let you decide, but it’s scary if you’re a Royals fan.
- M.C. Antil took a look at the Greinke trade and blames Dayton Moore for not putting a good team around Greinke and essentially pushing him out the door, BUT, does pitch the idea that the trade does position the Royals into a nice position. With added depth and impact prospects on the way, and with Greinke’s contract expiring in 2012 (and the Brewers system being tapped dry), the Royals might be in line to bring in an ace free agent pitcher about 2013 – and in position to start winning. Rany Jazayerli had the same idea and I don’t think it’s without some merit. The Royals just have to start winning now.
Also, we’re looking for contributing writers at Kings of Kauffman. See my previous post for details.