Royals Prioritizing Rotation Depth

It'll be impossible for the Royals to replace Zack Greinke's production, but the team still needs someone to soak up all those innings he leaves behind. Unsurprisingly, GM Dayton Moore told MLB.com's Dick Kaegel that rotation help is "the only area that we're focusing on," and that adding a starter(s) is his top priority before Spring Training begins.

Kansas City has lost not only Greinke this offseason, but also Bryan Bullington and Brian Bannister to Japan. Bruce Chen, who pitched to a 4.17 ERA in 140 1/3 innings last year, remains a free agent as well, though Moore left the door open to re-signing him. "We're still open-minded with that. He performed very well with us last year and he showed us what he had, and we've got a comfort level there," said the GM.

So far the only starting pitching help the team has imported this offseason is Zach Miner (on a minor league deal) and Vin Mazzaro (from the David DeJesus trade), though Moore said he doesn't expect the former to be ready until about June. He's open to improving his starting staff via trade however, and he has the game's best farm system to use as ammo. 

On the free agent front, the Royals have been linked to Carl Pavano and Jeff Francis in recent weeks. Pavano looks to be heading back to the Twins, but Francis remains in play. Brad Penny could also be coming off the board. An interesting solution could be to convert Joakim Soria to a starter, something that close to 2,000 MLBTR readers would support, but so far the team has shown no inclination of making such a move.


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31 Comments on "Royals Prioritizing Rotation Depth"


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$1529282
4 years 5 months ago

Kevin Millwood, come on down! You can be an Opening Day starter once again!

Seriously though, if they (or any club) just wants someone to eat league average innings, Millwood for a couple million isn’t a terrible investment. Boring, and crappy… but not crappy enough to find himself out of work.

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PookieGonzales
4 years 5 months ago

That makes the most sense. He even has some decent upside. Well upside might be a bit much but he may suck a little less than what they have in there right now.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

Can’t wait until it’s Montgomery, Lamb, Duffy, Dwyer, and Odorizzi.

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Revive85
4 years 5 months ago

You think Crow will be primarily a bullpen guy? I bet he’ll be in that rotation too

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vtadave
4 years 5 months ago

Crow was pretty awful last year in Double-A, so it’s not really a stretch to think he winds up in the pen given the talent ahead of him in this system.

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$1529282
4 years 5 months ago

Considering the fact that Odorizzi is 20, you better figure out a way to wait.

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PookieGonzales
4 years 5 months ago

But isn’t he decently close to the majors? Like possibly making an impact in 2013 close?

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

Just imagining bro

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TimotheusATL
4 years 5 months ago

I’m still angry at Roger McDowell for screwing with my boy Kyle Davies’ arm slot and windup mechanics. I played with/against him growing up in Georgia travelling leagues…I never once made contact. And I was one of the (if not the sole) best contact hitter in the league.

The boy’s a beast. He’s just gotta get his mojo back.

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4 years 5 months ago

Give Bonderman a shout.

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4 years 5 months ago

Is there even any question that it’s clearly going to be Kenshin Kawakami??

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4 years 5 months ago

Apparently the holdup is that the Braves can’t pick which thank you fruit basket to send to Kansas City.

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PhilliesLoveOmar
4 years 5 months ago

I was hoping Blanton. And was prepared to sent the fruit basket myself. What does Kawakami’s contract look like?

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4 years 5 months ago

$6.6 mil for 2 more years i believe

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Bo
4 years 5 months ago

Just one more year.

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4 years 5 months ago

thanks.. i knew 2 years didnt sound right when i posted it

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BlueCatuli
4 years 5 months ago

Cubs could be a match in a trade. Span, any hypothetical trades? I’m not too familiar with the Royals.