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Royals Links: Chen’s Deal, Moustakas’ New Look, Yost’s Challenges, & More

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, which means baseball season is almost upon us. The first pitchers and catchers report to camp in less than a week, and Royals’ pitchers and catchers arrive in Surprise, Arizona in a mere 11 days. This past weekend, Royals fans got to enjoy all that FanFest had to offer: autograph sessions, Q&A with team personnel, and the chance to rub elbows with players. Even with some befuddling moves made by the team in the last week, the excitement level for the upcoming season is still incredibly high, and there is no shortage of people talking about the Royals. Here are a few stories from around the web from the last few days.

- Joshua Ward of MLB Daily Dish broke down the Bruce Chen signing quite well, noting that while Dayton Moore is neither malicious nor stupid, he struggles with major league roster construction and resource allocation.

- The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff had an article on Mike Moustakas, his new look (Moose has lost about 10 pounds), and the work he put in during his time in Venezuela with Pedro Grifol this winter. Moustakas was focused on some mechanical adjustments to keep him from trying to pull every pitch he saw. Grifol wants Moose to keep his hips in and drive the ball all over the field, and when there’s one in his power zone, that’s the time to pull it. This season will be critical for Moose’s future with the club, so hopefully these adjustments pay off.

- Jeff Zimmerman wrote a piece on Royals Review about how Ned Yost might handle the upcoming instant replay rules. Zimmerman argues that opportunities for getting a call reversed will not come along all that often, so Yost should challenge any play that appears to be close.

- Over at Royal Revival, Nicholas Ian Allen discussed the possibility of Maikel Cleto making an impact in the big leagues. Cleto has a fastball in the upper 90s, but not much of an idea of where it’s going. With the crowded bullpen in Kansas City, it could be tough for the big righty to get very many innings.

- At The Hardball Times, Eno Sarris wrote a very interesting piece on the job of a beat reporter. While a lot of us would probably think watching games and talking to baseball players every day would be a blast, the toils of the job aren’t quite so glamorous. Tons of travel, constantly eating out, late nights, and tight deadlines can put quite a bit of stress on reporters, which makes me appreciate the work of guys like new Royals’ beat reporter Andy McCullough even more.

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  • cardsfanatik

    I for one think this offseason could have went very different, and after starting out ok, Moore ended the offseason like a dumbass. I honestly hope he is gone after this year. Had I been the owner of this team, and he had signed Chen, picked up that Peguero strike out guy, then designated the one guy that can play everywhere and run like a cheetah, I would have fired his ass right on the spot. And for anyone saying “this was because Emilio wouldn’t have been happy with a utility role” blah blah blah, he is a big boy and a major league baseball player, he will play where he is told. This was the most boneheaded move Moore could have made at this juncture. I like Chen, but if he’s here, why is Vargas here? To me, they are pretty much the same pitcher. Now you have a rotation of Shields, Vargas?, Guthrie, Duffy, Chen. Screams 4th place to me. Glass ponied up this year, and Moore bent him over and stuck it up his arse. Unless there is a trade that is going to bring in a legitimate #2 pitcher, the Royal’s might as well stay home this year. While this is just my take on it, but I know that most of you are truly scratching your heads at this last move. And who is this Peguero? Talked to some of the M’s fans on twitter, and the only true thing he does is hit the ball a long ways, his defense sucks, discipline sucks, strikes out a ton, and at his size, is he really an OF’er? You gonna move Hoz off first to keep the next coming of Mark Reynolds? Moore can not construct a major league roster, period. He should be looking for a number 2 starter, and insurance at SS and 3rd (Bonifacio). He has so far constructed a roster of 25 OF’ers and not enough pitchers, while designating probably one of the most useful utility guys in the game. Dayton, do us all a favor, hold a press conference, tell all of baseball that you got a job and kinko’s and LEAVE. I’m tired of watching losing baseball every year, and frankly, Moore has constructed a team this year that will. They will play like that fish that you drop right at the edge of the water, it flops and flops, but can’t seem to find its way back into the pond, like the Royal’s who can’t seem to find their way into the post season. And if Shields is looking at the moves the Royal’s are making, and trying to decide if its worth signing long term, Moore’s latest round of moves has likely made his decision for him.Vargas’ contract money could now have signed Erv, or Burnett, Teaford is more valuable than Peguero at this point, and is Chen worth the insurance that Bonifacio provided? I for one have looked for what Moore is trying to do…..And I’m lost cause I have no freaking clue.