August 5, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Luke Hochevar and the Royals haven’t reached an agreement on next year’s salary yet, but both sides will formally exchange figures at the end of the week if they don’t get settled sooner. Hochevar officially filed for arbitration today. Dayton Moore has never gone to an arbitration hearing with a player, so figure on the two sides to find common ground soon.
If you need help counting down the days until spring training, Aaron Stilley at Royal Heritage has created a Royals desktop calendar for you to check out every day. Keep an eye on that site, as Aaron also does month-by-month schedules throughout the season that incorporates the Royals game schedule.
Really good news out of Arizona, as James Lamb passed along word through his Twitter account that John Lambthrew a bullpen session today and felt good afterward. Lamb should be on pace to open up 2013 in Double A while he keeps working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Ideally, he’s in Triple A for some time this coming year as well. There’s an outside chance he gets a look in September when rosters expand, but that’s a best-case scenario.
Trading Wil Myers wasn’t a popular move among a lot of Royals fans, but one person who liked it? Billy Beane. He said that a small market team shouldn’t be in between building and being good, so this move puts the Royals in the “good” category in his mind, presumably.
Hopefully, by this time tomorrow night, the Royals will have found a way to pull the trigger on a deal for Justin Upton or David Price. Royals fans can dream, right?