WHY THE ROYALS DID WHAT THEY DID
I usually reserve this site for Cardinals stuff, but since I’m from Kansas City and the Royals are my unwanted stepchild, I figured I’d address this major trade they went though with last night, especially since I cannot find any writers who thought it was even potentially a good move.
Myers is widely regarded as the Game’s best hitting prospect, which is hard to argue with wen you look at his numbers. However, this is a team that has a record of bringing guys up too early, and yet they let this one sit it out in the minors while giving Jeff Francoeur at-bats. That might have been a team control issue, or it might’ve been that they thought his minor league production was a mirage of sorts. And personally, I’m pretty much sold on Montgomery and Odorizzi being pretty overrated.
It’s unlikely that all three of them blossom into the power players Baseball America pinned them down as becoming a year ago. And even if they do, the Royals have much bigger and more pressing things to worry about.
Year after year, the Royals drop leaflets from B-17s spreading the propaganda to the good people of metropolitan KC. Being the still-great baseball town that it is, many continue to buy in in spite of the gaping holes in an underfunded team. This year it was especially embarrassing as the hometown nine splashed the city’s billboards with the proud declaration of “Our Time,” with a picture of top prospect Eric Hosmer watching another homerun go flying.
Right off the bat, the team dragged through a twelve-game losing streak that began in the second week of the season. Hosmer hit .232 and was deported from the three spot. The Royals finished at 72-90, and all the while the Our Time billboards and commercials mocked.
The Royals are bleeding out constituents by the day. The Glass family’s ownership has reduced Ewing Kauffman’s once-proud dynasty to ruins, the whole time promising that, “Hey, we’re trying.” People stop believing. I myself am a Cards fan because I was not convinced before and not convinced now that the people who own the team are even Royals fans themselves. The Royals have to do something fast before they lose even more players to superior franchises, and that’s exactly what Dayton Moore was trying to do last night.
In 2015, offensive staple Billy Butler will be gone, and organizational darling Hosmer will not be far behind. Dayton Moore has made the best of his teams’ losing ways by using high draft picks to cultivate the team he now has. All the suffering of the past decade has now culminated into a tiny window into which Moore is trying to fit by acquiring the already-arriveds using yet-to-arrives.
Shields will be in KC for two years. The Royals are in the weakest division in the Majors. Maybe this deal will burn the Royals. Maybe Rays GM Andy Friedman has done it again and just acquired some staples of the future for commodities he doesn’t need. Maybe Shields’ bad year was not an anomaly but a trend. Maybe the erratic Davis will end up not being all that he was cracked up to be.
Maybe. Quite possibly. But Moore doesn’t care. His career is on the line, and he has just two years to make this thing work. The reality of “Our Time” is now all too real. We are all about to find out whether or not all this heartache will ever culminate into the magical season we’ve been teased about for oh so long.