How to fix the Royals.

The Royals might be baseball’s worst run franchise.  Money may be an
excuse, but signing the likes of Jose Guillen and Kyle Farnsworth is
not going to help at all.  In fact, bad management is much more
hindering to a club than lack of money.  “Lack of money” means it is
more likely that the club experiences downs along with the ups–more
difficult to sustain ones winning ways.  But bad management will not
only put an organization down, it will also keep it down.

The Royals are exactly what a poor run organization is.

So here are a few ways to fix them, most are obvious, maybe a few that aren’t…

  • Goodbye, Guillen: Simple enough.  Player x sucks, release
    him or trade him and absorb his salary.  Roster spots are valuable. 
    The signing was ludicrous the day the deal was inked.  And it is even
    more ludicrous now seeing that Jose Guillen has been quite putrid for a
    corner outfielder.  Among right fielders that qualify the past three
    seasons, Guillen has the absolute worst ‘WAR’ (keep in mind he has
    played 49 games in left too).  And has been worth exactly $1 million
    dollars over that time, according to Fangraphs anyway–which should be
    taken with a grain of salt (if that is the right cliche phrase to be
    used).  But seriously, this guy is a horrible baseball player.  Rid of
    him, let someone younger play, and chalk it up as a sunk cost.  Because
    whether or not he plays in 2010, it will be “lost” money.  Bad teammate
    + bad player + listed on the Mitchell Report = not worth $12 million. 
    At least according to my calculations.
  • Trade Gil Meche: The difference between Meche and Guillen is
    not salary.  They make the same amount.  The difference is that one
    player sucks, and the other is actually of quality.  Meche has been a
    blessing for the Mariners.  Not just because he has pitched fairly
    well–after all he should for $12 million.  But because he has given
    the fans one of only a few good players to care about.  But
    Meche–unlike “albatross”–has trade value–maybe the Royals get a
    little in return as well…  Meche has been worth every penny since
    signing.  And the Royals could probably swing him to a contender come
    the trade deadline and pick up a decent piece PLUS, they may not have
    to pick up any of his salary.  The Yankees may happily pick up Meche if
    their “back-end of the rotation” flails out mid-season ( I know they
    say they are intent on cutting back, but if needed, will they decline
    based on money?–s0mething in which they have tons of).  And of course,
    a few other teams may pick up the tab for Meche as well…
  • Do something, anything with Yuni: This trade was ridiculed,
    and rightfully so.  Not only did they go and get the worst shortstop in
    baseball, they agreed to pay him for two more seasons.  The Mariners
    are picking up 33 percent of the tab in 2010, and 25 percent in 2011. 
    So the Royals are only paying him $2 million and $3 million in the
    years he is under contract.  Then, they must buy him out for $2 mill in
    2012.  So, okay, Yuni won’t prevent them from doing anything really. 
    And releasing him wouldn’t hurt their pockets too much if they chose to
    find another outside alternative.  They could simply keep him, but if I
    were running the team, I would probably outright release him.  But I
    guess they need someone to play each position, as there are only so
    many players they can be paying at one time.
  • Keep Jason Kendall as the backup: Kendall is believed to have the ability to mentor and help players, younger players, develop.  I wouldn’t have signed him–probably not
    anyway.  But now that they have him, then let him do his thing.  As
    long as he is the backup, maybe he can help tutor the less experienced
    ballplayers.  The Royals might believe in this sort of thing, and I
    cannot say that it doesn’t exist.  I don’t like paying money for
    intangibles, but a small amount of money seems like it won’t hurt too
    much.
  • And to the controversial: Explore a trade of Joakim Soria. 
    Soria is a live arm, a very talented closer.  But the Royals have
    placed him in a position where they seemingly only want him to close. 
    I would have given starting another shot seeing how they aren’t going
    to win anyway.  But that was their choice.  Now they have a known
    commodity–a very good closer.  But solid starter would make more
    sense, to me anyway, and would have more value.  They could explore a
    trade now, or wait until near the deadline.  but Soria has value, and
    some team desperate for someone to shut down the ninth inning may take
    a chance on him.  Especially if they are in contention, in a big
    market, and saves are being blown near the deadline.  We all know how
    overblown the combination of those three things can be.  If the Royals
    can pick up an everyday player or two, for the future, then they should
    try and make it happen–assuming they feel the “return” is worth
    surrendering one of baseball’s top closers.  And I know I suggested
    that Papelbon be traded too, but I am just not a fan of relief pitchers
    I guess 🙂 (On that note, I am less of an advocate on trading Pap now,
    as the Red Sox don’t have quite as many options in the pen.  But still
    not opposed).
  • Find a new GM: Or find a new philosophy.  One thing
    stat-guys do well is point out idiocy.  And since they do it
    collectively, their point is emphasized exponentially.  And acquiring
    Yuni–and inking Jose Guillen–well, those were both idiotic moves. 
    Something needs to change, and fast, otherwise the Royals only hopes of
    winning anything lies in the hands of whether or not the division can
    be won with a total of 81 victories.

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