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Are the Kansas City Royals Really Done with Their Offseason Shopping?

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For most of the offseason, the Kansas City Royals have been quite active in the rumor mill. They were considered as a potential landing spot for players from Carlos Beltran to Masahiro Tanaka. The outbid the Yankees(!!) to secure the services of Omar Infante. Through trades and free agent signings, the Royals have been able to solidify their roster, and appear to be poised to once again contend for the postseason.

Now, with less than three weeks until pitchers and catchers report, everything is quiet in Kansas City. Aside from the speculation that Ervin Santana may return to don the powder blue once again, the Royals would appear to be set with their roster heading into Spring Training. With the Royals payroll already at record levels, it would be understandable if they decide to stand pat.

While it may appear as though there is nothing to be seen right now in Kansas City, that may not mean that another move is not forthcoming. Prior to signing Jason Vargas, the Royals were not rumored to be a potential destination for him. Infante was linked to the Royals only a couple of days before he signed. Dayton Moore and the front office have done their best to operate under a shroud of secrecy.

As unexpected as it may be, it is possible that the Royals may not be done. Moore has stated that he is still interested in potential upgrades, and that the Royals could increase payroll if the right player (Santana?) falls in their lap. Those statements alone indicate that another move may be possible.

Right now, all is quiet on the Midwestern front. However, that silence may not mean that the Kansas City Royals offseason is complete. Dayton Moore and the Royals could simply be operating in stealth mode once again.

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  • jimfetterolf

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they re-signed Bruce Chen for a year as the #5-swingman like last year, insurance for Hoch-Davis not working in the rotation.

    • Dave Hill

      It does feel as though Chen returning is almost inevitable at this point. Not that it would be a bad thing; it just seems like he is destined to be the Royals version of Jamie Moyer.

      • jimfetterolf

        If they do that I would guess that Aaron Crow goes to Omaha to convert to starter. His relief effectiveness has been slipping and that would open a spot for Coleman while giving Ned Yost his preferred two lefties. An advantage to Chen is as mentor to Duffy, who holds him in high regard and learns from him.

        • unclejesse40

          I really want to see Crow in the Omaha rotation this year. I have no idea about the Chen Duffy relationship and if it is in fact a good thing for Duffy then I would be fine with Chen being back. But to be honest I think I would rather have Hoch for 5 million than Chen. There is maybe a 20-40% chance that Hoch could be a back of the rotation starter or 60-70% chance for a dominate bullpen arm. Chen also is a back of the rotation starter but has less value in the pen than I think Hoch does. I understand that Hoch has two black eyes here in KC but I’m a gambler and want to see what he can do with a couple starts early on in the year as the #5 starter. Now if we resign Santana or Burnett then Hoch will have to be gone for salary relief.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    The way I see it the Royals did exactly what I wanted before last year….they got 4 new starters. Great. Now we ran one to the pen (Davis) and am close to letting one go (Santana) with the risk of the best one we gave the most for leaving as a FA as well (Shields) leaving overpaid fly ball pitchers Guthrie and Vargas).
    I Would have signed Santana and Shields to long term extensions and resigned Chen. Then you have Guthrie, Hoch, Davis and the young guys fight over #4 and #5.
    The problem is our young guns at this point are shooting bb guns. We need one or two of them to be a Wacha for us, dominate at a young age and help with a playoff run. Ownership either needs to up the ante on payroll or roll the dice with Duffy and Ventura.
    Upgrades still needed at 3B, SS, CF and power bat. I hope Dayton is willing to trade anyone but the key is to get your top 3 starters signed sealed and delivered.