Posted Under: Sunday Reading
Sam Mellinger writes about the Royals, their moves so far in resigning Jeremy Guthrie and their trade for Ervin Santana and their need for really one more front-line starter. The AL Central is tough but winnable, and the Royals have done a lot to rebuild their farm system, and it is finally time for that to pay off. They just need the pieces on the mound to support those hitters. Mellinger also talks about the care with which that last decision needs to be made. See the Royals are willing to trade their top prospect - considering that many of their recent top prospects are already in the major leagues- but they need to choose carefully who they give him up for. He also talks about how the team can afford to spend between $10 million and $15 million more and still make a profit, despite one of the worst television contracts. And the real problem for the Royals is their TV contract goes until 2020. The Reds, in a smaller market than the Royals, make twice the money from their TV rights than the Kansas City. That will hurt the Royals ability through the rest of this decade. And so, without a doubt, the Royals must make the most of their current talent now- before all get too old to keep.
Marc Topkin lays out some options for the Rays, who need to make some decisions about who they will tender contracts and walk through the arbitration process with. The deadline to tender contracts comes in just a few days (Nov. 30th) and that is when we will all know two important things. What players other than the true free agents are really available, and what holes all teams need to fill and think they can fill cheaply. The Rays have a lot of arbitration eligible players. Finding which ones they want to keep to move forward will make a big difference in determining the direction the team is going.
My computer is starting to make a terrible noise- so that is all the Sunday reading for today. It hasn’t been doing well when I visit those sites that have automatic video running. One of these days, I am going to have to break down and get a new one. One of these days that is.