MLBPA, PECOTA, and OMG (BP Kansas City Episode 88)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/02/08/mlbpa-pecota-and-omg-bp-kansas-city-episode-88.mp3 Pitchers and catchers report next week and many of the top free agents are still on the market. We discussed the pattern of skyrocketing salaries over the last decade and the stalemate we’re watching now, and what the future fallout might be. Of course, that leads to where the Royals stand in pursuit of […]

Moves On Moves On Moves (BP Kansas City Episode 87)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/01/31/moves-on-moves-on-moves-bp-kansas-city-episode-87.mp3 Things are brewing now this offseason, especially for Lorenzo Cain who will not return to Kansas City after signing a deal with the Brewers. The Royals will get a draft pick as compensation, but that’s not all they’ve received this week. The Royals also brought back 2015 ALCS MVP Alcides Escobar. What does this […]

What We Know About the 2018 Royals…For Now (BP Kansas City Episode 86)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/01/25/what-we-know-about-the-2018-royalsfor-now-bp-kansas-city-episode-86.mp3 We’ve waited all offseason for something to happen and finally, on Wednesday…okay still nothing happened, but the Hall of Fame inducted four new members and the Royals signed Ryan Goins. Beyond that, we decided to back away from guesses and speculation (mostly) and talk about who is on the Royals’ roster today, right now, […]

Trade Discussion and Recalling the Alex Gordon Deal (BP Kansas City Episode 85)

In the past week, the Royals made a trade, sending Joakim Soria and Scott Alexander out and acquiring minor leaguers Trevor Oaks and Erick Mejia. We discuss.

We also revisit the re-signing of Alex Gordon, just a short two years ago. It’s…not that uplifiting, I’m afraid.

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Please Submit All Your Hosmer Offers (BP Kansas City Episode 84)

So news finally popped up during this slow, cold offseason, as Bob Nightengale reported that the Royals offered Eric Hosmer a seven-year deal at $147 million. Not a bad deal for Hosmer in a rough first baseman market!

It seems that the Royals are competing with the Padres for Hosmer’s services, but Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star also reported that there has not been an offer. Jeff and Mike weighed the two reports and discussed the potential idea of that size of contract, plus its implications. They also talked about potential developments in the future for former Royals Alcides Escobar and Jason Vargas, who have hardly been mentioned this winter.

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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part (BP Kansas City Episode 83)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/12/29/the-waiting-is-the-hardest-part-bp-kansas-city-episode-83.mp3 We took last week off for Christmas and … not much has changed. Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Mike Moustakas are still free agents, as are many other notable major leaguers. What gives? We discussed the factors in play and speculated about how this weird market might work out once things (if things) start […]

On Rebuilding (BP Kansas City Episode 82)

The writing is on the wall, and it sure looks like the Royals will look to rebuild this offseason. So far, they haven’t made many moves, but those could be coming. Some names are obvious. Some…surprising. 

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Our Winter Wish List (BP Kansas City Episode 81)

This week, Jeff returned at 100% and we covered a little bit of the offseason action that’s happened in the last week. The Royals signed two pitchers: Wily Peralta and minor leaguer Yefri Del Rosario. What were our first impressions? Just so happens that we tell you in the first half of the show!

Then, as promised, we each picked three free agent targets for 2018 and why we chose those guys over other potential options. We tried to stay pretty realistic about what would be possible for the Royals, but there’s always room to dream a little. 

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The Hot Stove Is Lit? (BP Kansas City Episode 80)

This week, Jeff was out fighting off a nasty cold so Mike flew solo.

There hasn’t been much happening yet this offseason, for the Royals or anyone else. But Kansas City did protect some players from the Rule 5 Draft, and they have arbitration decisions due on Friday as you listen to this episode.

Mike discussed the cases of Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns, Brandon Maurer, and Mike Morin and who, if anyone, could be nontendered. He also discussed why he’s not concerned about the Royals leaving Ryan O’Hearn and Frank Schwindel off the 40 man roster and available for Rule 5 selection.

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Offseason Updates and Team Needs (BP Kansas City Episode 79)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/11/16/offseason-updates-and-team-needs-bp-kansas-city-episode-79.mp3 This week, we get resolution on the Dayton Moore/Atlanta saga, plus a quick update on Ned Yost and his frightening fall from a tree. Then we looked at the key team needs, including a discussion of the potential of players moving positions, the likelihood of re-signing free agents, and maybe even another reunion. Subscribe […]