Royals Mailbag Part Two: George Brett, Trades, Ervin Santana

Aug 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Part Two of the Royals Mailbag! In case you missed Part One, click here. Although we do our best to keep you all up to date with any and all happenings involving our beloved Royals, there may still be questions that you have that we have not gotten to. Hopefully, these occasional mailbags will be able to get any questions you have answered. If you do have any questions that you want us to feature in upcoming mailbags, feel free to leave them in the comments or post them to our Facebook page.

Our first question today comes from Matthew Shipley who asks “Why doesn’t George Brett coach for the Royals?”

It seems that, if George Brett wanted to be a coach for the Royals, he would have a spot on the coaching staff almost immediately. However, it just seems as though he does not have any interest in doing so on a full time basis. After all, he did step in as a temporary hitting coach last season. While he initially said that he would be there for a month, Brett spent a second month on the job. If he wanted the position, he certainly has the cache and the knowledge to take on the role. It is just not what he wants to do.

Brett may well be around the batting cages, imparting wisdom and providing tips during Spring Training. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas likely have his phone number in case they want to discuss hitting, or if they need advice. Yet, Brett likes being a part of the front office, which is where he feels that he belongs.

The next two questions come from Gary Wilmes. First, he asks “Who will be the first to go from the arbitration list?”

Based on the list of players that filed for salary arbitration, it seems as though there are three candidates that are the most likely to be moved. Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Justin Maxwell all have players similar to them on the Royals. There are a multitude of pitchers that could potentially be productive in the bullpen for the Royals, with only six or seven spots in the bullpen. With teams in need of bullpen help, either Crow or Collins could be an attractive trade piece. Maxwell, meanwhile, is a similar hitter to Danny Valencia. Both hit left handed pitching well, and provide solid power off the bench. Maxwell, however, is a part of a crowded outfield situation, and there may not be enough room on the roster for him.

Based on the three candidates most likely to be traded, it would seem as though Aaron Crow would be the first to be moved. Crow does have closer experience, having filled in briefly when Joakim Soria was struggling in 2011. Also, Crow is expected to earn the most in arbitration of the three players, with an anticipated salary for 2014 of $1.9 Million. With all of those factors, Crow is likely to be the first one sent off.

Gary’s next question involves a player that most of us would like to see return to the powder blue. “What are the chances of getting (Ervin) Santana back?”

Right now, everything has been quiet when it comes to Ervin Santana. As of this point, the only real news to come out about Santana is that the Yankees, Twins and Orioles inquired about his medicals. Yet, nothing is eminent. It would seem that, the longer Santana sits in free agent limbo, the better the chances for the Royals.

However, there has still been a major domino yet to fall. With pitchers such as Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez still waiting for offers, it appears as though they are waiting for Masahiro Tanaka to set the playing field. Once he signs, then conversations for those pitchers are likely to accelerate.

The biggest point in favor for Santana returning to the Royals may be that he is tied to draft pick compensation. Kyle Lohse ended up receiving less than expected due to the forfeiture of a first round selection, and Santana may be this year’s Lohse. If that happens, then the odds of Santana returning to the Royals would increase. As things stand presently, those odds may be around 10%, but they may improve if Ervin Santana does not have a job by Spring Training.

Thank you for the questions. Part Three of the mailbag will be posted tomorrow.

Topics: Ervin Santana, George Brett, Kansas City Royals

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  • Chad Woelk

    Wanted your opinion David. If Glass is worth over 1.3 Billion dollars, why is he not willing to have a payroll even at around 115-130 million so we can keep players like Santana and Shields (next year). Lets not forget that players such as Holland, Gordon, Butler, and Hosmer will all be free agents in the near future and penny pinching will not allow us to pay these players with the way contracts are going now. If the trend of contracts are skyrocketing, then all teams are going to have to adjust and pay the players more money. But in turn won’t the overall value of the teams increase as well so it evens out anyways. Yes Glass has been opening his wallet somewhat but when your fans are starving for a winning franchise more should be done don’t you think? Ewing Kauffman was a billionaire in pharmaceuticals sales and spent the money necessary in order to keep his good players together because he loved Royals baseball. What is wrong with Mr. Glass?

    • Redblack564

      Great question ! That one all Royals fans want to know.

    • Ardent Shepherd

      I think it’s more the case that Glass doesn’t have that type of liquid asset. Owners aren’t mandated to spend any portion of their money. As much as I want him to spend more, there are things that we just don’t have information on concerning how he spends his money. Higher payroll doesn’t always lead to success: See Yankees, New York.

    • Dave Hill

      Based on the amount of questions I’ve been receiving, I think the mailbags are going to be a weekly thing, once Part Three posts today. This is a good question Chad, and I’ll tackle it in next week’s post.

  • moretrouble

    I fail to understand why fans want to trade away the great KC bullpen. Most of guys in the pen have been mentioned as trade ideas, most incredibly, Holland. But, why would KC want to trade another of their lefties (Collins) — they’ve already traded one and another probably won’t be re-signed.

    Everyone understands they have are too many OF’ers and one may have to go, but trading away their bullpen and filling in with AAA guys is a recipe for disaster..

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