Royals To Seek Pitching Next Offseason

The Royals are determined to sign a significant free agent starting pitcher for 2013 this coming offseason, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports. After a difficult first half that included a number of serious injuries, the Royals' rotation ranks 28th in baseball with a 5.16 ERA. 

A Royals person told Knobler the team won’t settle for back-of-the-rotation types. "Not a fifth starter, but a real starting pitcher," the person said. Knobler suggests Missouri native Shaun Marcum could be a fit given the Royals’ past interest in the right-hander.

The Royals rotation currently consists of Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Luis Mendoza, Jonathan Sanchez and Everett Teaford. With the exception of Sanchez, the entire rotation is under control through 2013 or beyond. Royals pitchers Felipe Paulino, Danny Duffy, Blake Wood and Joakim Soria all had their seasons cut short to undergo Tommy John surgery this year.

Former Royals ace Zack Greinke headlines a class of free agent starting pitchers that figures to include Cole Hamels, Anibal Sanchez, Edwin Jackson, Ryan Dempster, Hiroki Kuroda and Marcum.


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61 Comments on "Royals To Seek Pitching Next Offseason"


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Koby2
2 years 11 months ago

An offseason too late really. Should have gone after Edwin Jackson and at least tried to trade for one more guy in the style of Gio Gonzalez/Mat Latos/Michael Pineda. We had the pieces this offseason to do a deal like that, and still might this offseason. At least in 2013 we’ll get Paulino and Duffy back, Odorizzi will hopefully have had a few starts this season under his belt, and then whatever pitcher we end up with in the open market, then use some combo of Chen, Hochevar, Teaford, Will Smith, or Mendoza as our 5th, 6th, and 7th starters, stashed in AAA or in the bullpen.

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2 years 11 months ago

you really want pineda? Pineda has not pitched a single inning for the yankees this year and wont until next season. maybe you guys can lure greinke back to KC.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

It’s pretty obvious he meant last offseason before Pineda was hurt.

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East Coast Bias
2 years 11 months ago

It’s pretty obvious @yahoo-HJZHG2O7ADCVD5JATOJE6V7YJY:disqus not only knew of Pineda’s injury before he was traded, but also caused it. 

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
2 years 11 months ago

That comment “Not a fifth starter, but a real starting pitcher” kind of made me laugh.

Fifth Starters are REAL pitchers, aren’t they?  They probably needed to add the words “front of rotation” or “above average” or “ace”  before the word pitcher.

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vtadave
2 years 11 months ago

Yeah that was funny.  The Royals are full of guys that aren’t “real starting pitchers” though.

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SpfldCynic
2 years 11 months ago

As a Royals fan, we learned a long time ago that “Back of the rotation” starter is KC code for AAA filler for another team. “Number 3 type” is a long reliever, and “Top of the rotation type” is a headcase like Sanchez.

To hear “Real starting pitcher” means that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a legit number 5 guy.

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
2 years 11 months ago

 Thanks for clearing that up!  It DOES read funny though…

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GriffeyandSizemore
2 years 11 months ago

Bettancourt and Francoeur for Kershaw

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johnnythoren3
2 years 11 months ago

I’m sure they would give that a go if they even had a suspicion that the Dodger’s front office were on enough drugs to say yes to that.

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vtadave
2 years 11 months ago

Sure, just toss in Myers, Odorizzi, and Moustakas.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

I’m sure you were saying that last year when Prince Fielder was being booed in Arizona. and yankee fans neverrrrr boo the opposition.

the world doesn’t revolve around the yankees.. shocking i know

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Slopeboy
2 years 11 months ago

Didn’t Copernicus already prove that theory to be true?

Or was it Columbus?

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Lunchbox45
2 years 11 months ago

So do 29 other teams.