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Royals Sign Minor Leaguers, Wade Davis Speculation, & Other Links


After what appeared to be a slow start to this offseason, things have really started to pick up across the league, with a few big-name players being taken off the board. While the Royals weren’t linked to Brian McCann, Jhonny Peralta, or Dan Haren, there are now fewer players on the market, meaning demand could be high for the remaining free agents, so instead of getting into a bidding war with other teams, the Royals may turn to the trade market to add remaining pieces. Obviously having such incredible bullpen depth could lead to a trade of Greg Holland or Luke Hochevar, either of which would offer the benefit of giving the organization more payroll flexibility in case Moore does wish to pursue a player with a higher price tag.

Here are some other links from around the Royals universe from this past weekend.

With the non-tender deadline a week away, and the Winter Meetings just a week after that, I would expect the hot stove to heat up even more. Even though the Royals may not make any other major moves, the rumors will still surely be flying as the offseason rolls on.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Wade Davis and Luke Hochever make a trade of Greg Holland possible and he would net the biggest return. Of course, should Davis fix his mechanical problem he’s a good starter. Depth is nice and spring training will start sorting things out.

    BTW, I wouldn’t pay much attention to anything money related that Bob passes along, the Royals use him for misdirection on finances all the time, last year’s “Hard $70 million payroll” coming to mind. Most likely on Kottaras is that he’s out of options and the Royals decided they liked Hayes better, as well as Pena, whom they had just signed. There is more to being a catcher than being a slow runner with high OBP.

    • Hunter Samuels

      Totally agree on the finances thing. I’ll believe the $85M payroll number when the season starts. As for Pena, he has options, and they have to have a 3rd catcher on the roster for Omaha and in case of emergency, so he was a lock to stay. I also agree that the Royals liked Hayes better, I just completely disagree with their assessment.

      • jimfetterolf

        Didn’t Pina go FA or something? He was always their “In case of emergency…” guy and he left.

        • Hunter Samuels

          Yep. Minor league free agent. He hasn’t signed anywhere yet, but I’m guessing he’ll get a minor league deal with a camp invite somewhere.

    • moretrouble

      I agree with you on the reliability of Bob’s numbers, but I’ve never thought it was deception on the part of the Royals. What’s true at the time may not be accurate later.

      There’s nothing wrong with saving money on back-ups, which apparently is what KC is trying to do. They’ve turned over their back-up catcher and utility man each year the last couple of years. I don’t think it has much to do with OBP, philosophy or anything else besides payroll. If they can save money on back-ups, they’ll do it. That can’t be a comforting thought to Chris Getz, but according to BR, he’s made slightly over 3 mil in the last five years. I’d take that any day.