The Royals rode a 11 game winning streak to 1st place in the AL Central in June of this year. What is more impressive is that they smashed the Tigers in the 1st 3 games of that 4 game series – before relenting the last game of the series, however a brutal stretch of play happened after that, culminating in a 9 – 18 record post the streak, and has them wallowing near the .500 mark. This squad could fall out contention fast if the offense can’t turn it around. Today, we will examine how the Royals received all of their offense.
How All Of The Royals Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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The time to sit around and watch this club struggle is no more.
The Kansas City Royals must take decisive action either way to avoid future years of bashing from their already tepid fanbase.
The problem for years has been the offense – and especially since James Shields and Wade Davis came to town in a deal that saw massive prospect OF Wil Myers go back the other way.
It was an aggressive move and bold outlook for the 2013 and 2014 years, but Dayton Moore and David Glass have underestimated just how much power you need in the lineup on a daily basis.
This roster of batters is comprised mostly of their homegrown talent, or speedy light hitting talent they have acquired by trades.
Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain were both picked up in the 2010 trade of Zack Greinke tot the Brewers. A deal that also saw the club pick up Jake Odorizzi, who was packaged in the deal for Shields and Davis.
Kansas City has long hoped their prospects, plus pieces they brought in for Zack Greinke, would flourish in a kind of offense that could help end the 29 year playoff drought for the franchise. The club has lots of speed, hits for decent averages, but simply lacks too little of power. It is time for the management to take a risk – and bring in some heavy artillery!
Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer are all KC Draft Picks through the years.
Most of them struggled early, and while Gordon and Hosmer have improved in recent years, Moustakas and Butler have regressed.
The franchise also brought in Nori Aoki and Omar Infante in the offseason through a trade and Free Agency respectively.
While these guys are great contact hitters, it certainly didn’t solve the teams lack of power.
Also, Raul Ibanez was brought in on a flier in the last month. Ned Yost saw the 42 Year old go 3 – 7 in the 1st 2 games with a HR, before leaving him in for an 0 – 23 slump.
At first glance, you wonder if they are just underachieving as a whole, but then you see where these guys ranks for payroll among the entire clubs.
The fans at Kauffman have the longest playoff drought of any MLB franchise. The last thing David Glass needs to do is not spend any money on the offense if they can possibly acquire some help.
Ranking 26th for offensive payroll in the Majors is no a recipe for success (well, unless you are the Rays or A’s). Meanwhile you have the 8th highest payroll for your Pitching Staff, which is being ruined by the lack of scoring.
This organization has failed to bring in the high-priced bashers out there. Many would say, it is because Kansas City is not a great destination to hone your craft as a hitter.
With this team in a freefall, it is incumbent on the brass to set forth a sense of urgency.
You gave up your top offensive prospect in Myers, to take a run at breaking the longest current playoff drought in the MLB at 29 years. (Only Toronto and KC have failed to make the playoffs since 2000).
The clubs best strength is definitely their pitching, and more namely their Bullpen.
James Shields is only signed til the end of this year. So if you are not going to arm the 1 – 9 lineup with some serious upgrades, you might as well trade the burly 32 year old RHP.
Headley caaptured a Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger in 2012. He ended up finishing 5th in NL MVP voting. He hit 23 HRs and 73 RBI in just 75 Games after the 2012 ALL-Star Game. KC should take a run at acquiring his services – and roll the dice he might be 65% of the player he was in that year. It simply couldn’t be any worse than Mike Moustakas.
So who can they acquire this late in the year?
It is the the usual suspects.
1. Chase Headley, SD – 3B: worth of the risk if he can duplicate his 2012 2nd half.
2. Aaron Hill, ARI – 2B: He has some pop and could do some damage.
3. Mark Trumbo, ARI – 1B/DH: Yeah, maybe the Dbacks won’t trade him, however, if you made some of your prospects available, this guy would perfect, as no park can hold his power.
4. Adam Dunn, CWS – DH: We are talking about the kind of force that can hit a ball out of any park. I may consider trading Billy Butler to another team like Seattle or Toronto clear room for this acquisition.
5. Josh Willingham, MIN: This OF has shown he can carry his power even at a pitcher friendly park of Target Field.
Thee are just 5 upgrades that could help out your club for this year.
If not, maybe you should extend James Shields, as he says he would be willing to sign a multi-year deal. Overpay him and extend your window by a few years.
No matter what happens, you will still have to pony up some dough on your lineup.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Raul Ibanez (42) OF/DH: June 30, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
Salvador Perez (24) C: Signed by the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Eric Hosmer (24) 1B: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.
Omar Infante (32) 2B/3B/SS: December 16, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals.
Alcides Escobar (27) SS: December 19, 2010: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi to the Kansas City Royals for Yuniesky Betancourt, Zack Greinke and cash.
Lorenzo Cain (28) CF: Is currently playing regularly as the Starting CF in 2014 for the Royals.
Jeremy Jeffress (26) P: November 8, 2012: Purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals.
Jake Odorizzi (24) SP: December 9, 2012: Traded by the Kansas City Royals with Patrick Leonard (minors), Mike Montgomery (minors) and Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, Wade Davis and James Shields. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Elliot Johnson (February 12, 2013) to the Kansas City Royals to complete the trade.
Patrick Leonard (21) 1B/3B/DH: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Mike Montgomery (25) SP: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (36th) of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Wil Myers (23) RF: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 3rd round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Elliot Johnson (30) SS/2B/OF: August 21, 2013: Selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the Kansas City Royals.
James Shields (32) SP: Shields is in the last year of his contract – and is the Royals #1 pitcher in the starting rotation.
Wade Davis (28) P: Davis is the 8th inning man for the Relief Core in 2014.
Yuniesky Betancourt (32) SS/3B/1B: July 10, 2009: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Kansas City Royals for Derrick Saito (minors) and Dan Cortes.
Derrick Saito (26) P: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Dan Cortes (27) P: July 24, 2006: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Tyler Lumsden (minors) to the Kansas City Royals for Mike MacDougal.
Tyler Lumsden (31) P: November 20, 2007, the Royals purchased Lumsden’s contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. On November 20, 2008, Lumsden was designated for assignment, and claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros four days later.
Zack Greinke (30) SP: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
Mike Moustakas (25) 3B: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Alex Gordon (30) OF/3B: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.
Nori Aoki (32) RF: December 5, 2013: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Kansas City Royals for Will Smith.
Will Smith (25) RP: July 22, 2010: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with Sean O’Sullivan to the Kansas City Royals for Alberto Callaspo.
Sean O’Sullivan (26) RP: June 21, 2012: Purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals.
Alberto Callaspo (31) 3B/2B: December 14, 2007: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Kansas City Royals for Billy Buckner.
Billy Buckner (30) P: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Billy Butler (28) 1B/DH: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.
Jarrod Dyson (29) OF: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 50th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Danny Valencia (29) 3B: December 18, 2013: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Kansas City Royals for David Lough.
David Lough (28) OF: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Brett Hayes (30) C: November 2, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Miami Marlins.
Myers ascended onto the PCL scene in the 2012 year and ripped out 24 HRs in just 99 Games at Omaha. The Royals had 7 years to look forward to from the #1 Ranked Offensive Player ranked in the Minor Leagues. Instead, they gambled on the 2013 – and 2014 seasons. KC must not try to ride out with the current roster of hitters it currently possesses. Either trade James Shields and many other veterans, or bring in some offensive reinforcements, by dealing for some more of your own.
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