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Royals Salvation Is Just One Free Agent Away


I was a Royals season ticket holder once.  It was the Summer of 2000.

The Royals had an amazing outfield that year. Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon, and Carlos Beltran made that the most entertaining 77 win team ever.  Want to have an animated conversation with an older Royals fan?  Tell him that outfield was better than the Amos Otis, Willie Wilson, Clint Hurdle trio of 1980.  Then you best buckle up.

The “fun” of 2000 ended quickly. The following season saw the Royals lose 97 games, while trading away Johnny Damon.  JD was just the first domino to fall.  Each piece of the greatest Royals outfield of all time was eventually given away, lost without much in return. You want to complain about David Glass now?  Things are leaps and bounds better than they were 10 years ago.

Even after those guys left, I felt a kinship for them.  Like many Royals fans, I rooted for and admired their careers from a far.  I loved watching all three of those guys from my seat that Summer, but one of them stood out the most.  He’s the one still playing baseball. Carlos Beltran.

Carlos is a free agent this year, and is going to demand something like 2 years and 22 million dollars. Too much money, really. He’s highly coveted for an aging player.  Getting him would be a real long shot.  The Royals should do it.  Damn it, the Royals need to do it.

Beltran is a measured, thoughtful baseball player, that still has the ability to inspire. The Royals have enough guys celebrating their “grittiness”.  You won’t see Beltran waving his fingers at the dugout like a child after every good deed.  He’s not from the “everyone gets a trophy” generation.  He’s one of the last great Generation X players.  You won’t see him at the plate with a helmet that’s been doctored with pine tar and faux experience.  You’ll see a focused professional, leading by example, coming to the plate with a plan.  That’s the leadership this team needs next year.  That’s a missing ingredient Beltran can supply.

The Royals have done a great job of rebranding the last 2 years.  They threw a hell of an All Star Game in 2012, and competed in 2013.  Rebranding is good for signing players.  It’s also good for fans. If the Royals were able to get Beltran back and have him finish where he started, it would be an atonement.  The Royals can confess their sins to the fans, and be granted some badly needed forgiveness.

Dramatics shelved, the Royals need a steady bat.  They need an everyday player at second base, or in the outfield.  How about a switch hitting winner?  Why not a prodigal outfielder that knows how to watch a few pitches, and can exorcise some demons along the way?

Please Dayton Moore, make those Kauffman fountains work like a hot tub time machine.  Let’s baptize the 2014 season.  Let’s wash away the silly sins of the past.  Let’s get Carlos Beltran back where he always belonged.  Let’s get Carlos Beltran back in Kansas City.  Can I get an Amen?


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  • jimfetterolf

    Carlos’ fDef is -21.4, worst among 140 players listed. Only way I sign him is if Butler is traded and I doubt anyone takes Butler if they can have Beltran for a DH at about the same price. I could see a play for Choo, mediocre defense but good OBP which will offset diminished SLG at the K. Perhaps if Beltran could move to 1st with Hosmer to RF it might work, Hoz having the speed, quickness, and arm to be at least average there and 1st less challenging for Beltran’s aging legs.

    • Ed Connealy

      Choo would be a dream…I am not even letting myself consider it because I don’t think it’s possible. Like the way you think though.

      • jimfetterolf

        Thanks. I’m the guy who has been suggesting Alex back to 3rd if Moose looks bad again with an OF or Lough, Cain, Maxwell with Dyson as 4th.

        • Ed Connealy

          Yikes man…that’s 4 “4th” outfielders all starting. ALl of those guys are great…off a bench. Hear you on need ing a Moose solusch though

          • jimfetterolf

            I consider Cain the best CF in the game with a glove and Lough has shown for years that he can hit where ever he is and performed nicely last year with even splits and well above average defense when he got his chance.

            Dyson and Maxwell make a good platoon, Dyse can’t hit lefties but had a .326 OBP and his speed turns a walk into a double fairly often along with his f+10.6 glove in 87 games, Maxwell has pop, improving defense, and can historically handle lefties. I’ll take that OF, as will the pitchers. We can dis Cain’s offense, but in less than a full season his glove was worth four wins more than Beltran’s, Lough’s three wins more. And these guys are cheap. Ten million dollars more and losing at least three wins with the glove just doesn’t strike me as a great value.

          • Ed Connealy

            I admit, I fully over value Beltran…your missing out on his religious contributions! Jokes aside, Cain just can not stay healthy and is below average at the plate. Lough has a low obp, no power, and is almost 30 ( he aint gonna get better) I like Dyson and Maxwell, but so many holes for every day players. Really man, I like all these guys. I just want an OPS guy starting out there every day and am willing to sacrifice some D to get it. (So are you with your Hosmer idea!) These 4 guys can fight for playing time. I can not wait to see who we acquire this winter. Seeing how these guys fall in, after a move or two, will be exciting.

          • Dave Lowe

            Ed, I don’t think you fully realize Cain’s contribution on defense. I think his offense will come back in 2014…can’t be much worse.

          • Ed Connealy

            Cain starting works fine if

            1. There’s a new guy in right who slugs
            2. He’s on the field and not the DL

            My overall point is that the Royals better address issue #1. I’ll let you pray about issue #2, because that’s yet to happen.

    • blue8505

      Choo is going to go to the highest bidder, not KC.

      • Ed Connealy

        That’s the thing….Ibanez would be like a poor man’s Beltran wish?

      • jimfetterolf

        Royals MAY have the money. If Santana can’t be signed, if the team is confidant in Duffy and Ventura, and if David Glass thinks Choo puts the team in the series, there will be up to $25m available.

  • blue8505

    Amen! Beltran would mean much more than any other FA to KC and he can still play. He can play in the field and DH. Do it Dayton.

    • Ed Connealy

      thanks for that Amen, brother.

  • Chad Woelk

    Re-sign Santana and sign Beltran and keep Billy and KC fans would be in heaven.

  • William T Sobolewski

    I can’t give you an Amen…more like a meh. Were Card fans excited when they signed Larry Walker? Signing Beltran was a great idea…… 2008