Friday, December 02, 2005

The Trail's Gone Cold

I've been sitting back and watching the free agent machinations play out over the past few weeks to assess the Royals' acquisition possibilities. I'd managed to delude myself into believing that the Royals stood a fighting chance of acquiring some relatively young, talented free agents who still had some upside, but after seeing the amount of cash doled out for mediocre middle relievers, 5 year contracts for 30-year old closers with exactly 2 years of success, I'm feeling much less sanguine about this offseason.

Word on the street is that the Royals are targeting Paul Byrd to the tune of a 3 year, $21 million contract. I could not be any less excited about Paul Byrd. He's a health disaster waiting to happen, and his ERA would jump 2 points pitching in front of that horrid Royal defense. And the Royals want to be on the hook to this guy for 3 years? If Paul Byrd is getting THAT contract, what will Matt Morris get? What will Jarrod Washburn (whom I don't like anyway) get? I shudder to think.

I know free agent season is hardly over yet, and perhaps the Royals will surprise us all by signing A.J. Burnett to a 5 year, $60 million deal, but the harsh reality is that this team is not going to get much better through free agency. Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Jeff Bianchi, and (hopefully) Andrew Miller - you can't get here fast enough.


At 2:44 PM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

The Royals appear to be close to signing deals with Byrd, Dessens, and Pratt. I won't be terribly thrilled with the Paul Byrd signing, as I don't think he'll be much better than Johnson, Elarton, Kim, or Armas, who could be signed for much cheaper.

The Royals' porous defense is a problem. The Royals' starters are particularly suspectible to problems because they can't strike people out. So, adding another starter who can't strike anyone out at $7 million/yr is very risky.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

The Indians have reportedly agreed with Byrd on a two-year, $14.25 million deal with a club option for a third season.

So where to turn now? Loaiza's gone, Byrd's gone, and Matt Morris surely won't come here.

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look out '62 Mets. The 120-loss record is in serious jeopardy. The 2006 Royals may lose 125. Or more.


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