September 25, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) reacts after he strikes out during the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


The off-season annoys me. I have to prepare to deal with all the possible player-acquiring scenarios that give me great hope all while attempting to gird my heart against the inevitable pain of all those scenarios failing to materialize.

The Tampa Bay Rays are a team that have been connected with the Royals as possible player-swap partners. There’s a wealth of pitching talent in the southeast and it’s been postulated that the Royals could afford to give up a bat which said Rays have indicated they’re in need of.

I’ve been thinking a lot regarding how I would feel about shipping Billy Butler somewhere. I love Billy. He’s a great hitter and he’s a long-standing statesmen on this team, but he’s also a designated hitter that doesn’t really have the ability to excel at any other position. This makes it easier for me to see us parting with him. But that fact also lessens his value to other teams, particularly of the N.L. persuasion.

You can sit there deciding the happy medium where the Royals can give up something valuable but gain something valuable in return, or you can completely ignore it and resign yourself to heartache.

I generally am pretty intimate with resignation, but find it increasingly hard to be so when prestigious sports magazines comment on trade possibilities for Kansas City. That happened in this week’s copy of Sports Illustrated Magazine. A cousin of mine asked me if I’d read the article about the Royals getting David Price. I assured him I hadn’t and proceeded to do so.

It was one of those “5 Deals That Should Happen” type of lists and the #1 deal was David Price for Alex Gordon, Johnny Giovatella, and Mike Montgomery.

Are you kidding me? I think you pull the trigger on that deal in a heartbeat.

Gordo is one of my favorite Royals, but considering management’s refusal to utilize Giovatella, Montgomery’s struggles, and the Royals desperate need for an ace , I think this is a no-brainer.

Now, obviously this is just some sportswriter’s analysis of what HE thinks would be a good deal for both teams. I believe the likelihood of this happening is embarrassingly low. That being said, apparently one writer finds it worthwhile enough to list it in Sports Illustrated.

I know better than to be hopeful. The off-season is a time for wild possibilities. I honestly don’t think the proposed situation would be a good deal for the Rays.

What do you think about that idea? Would you put your stamp of approval on that trade for the sake of acquiring David Price?

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  • jimfetterolf

    How many years left on Price? I’ld rather do a Tampa Bay and trade Alex for half a dozen hot AA and A arms, Tampa has a stocked farm system, so trade for prospects and pay for FAs for a couple of years.

    • Bob Ellis

      Price still has a couple of arbitration years left I believe…but I haven’t really looked at his contract situation/service time/etc. They COULD conceivably control him for a while…if they were to extend him. But I think they’d at least have him under control for 2-3 years. Of course he’s going to get pretty expensive under arbitration as well.

      • jimfetterolf

        If he’s three years controlled, that would require probably Ventura, Myers, and Montgomery and maybe even Holland. TB would have no interest in a 29 year old, $10m/yr veteran but would want Myers or Hosmer, plus two hot young arms plus receiving salary relief. That’s what we need to look at in trading Alex; prospects and salary relief. That’s the Tampa Bay Way, best model for the Royals.

  • Patrick J. Fleming

    We sure trade gordo for someone with lots of grit and only those close to the dirt can see the true value…..sheesh, some people.

  • Sarah Purcell

    I’d rather see Butler go that Gordon. Maybe we could keep Monty or Gio. I really want to see Francoeur gone and have that solid offensive outfield I’ve been dreaming of.

  • haymaker9

    Don’t think Price is going anywhere this off-season. If I were the Royals, I’d offer Hosmer for Hellickson. The Rays need a 1B, and the Royals are desperate for quality SPs. In that scenario, the Royals would need to move an OF to 1B or have Butler play 1B more often, -OR- another more interesting possibility would be to sign a guy like Lance Berkman (if he doesn’t retire), or Kevin Youkilis on a one-year deal to share time with Butler at 1B/DH. Their veteran presence would mean alot to a young team.