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You know, I have to wonder whether Barlow's struggles near the end of his time in KC were brought on by the psychological effect of "not knowing." He "didn't know" where he was going, he "didn't know" when (well, he kinda did, but not exactly), and he "didn't know" how well he was going to perform. He's ONLY known the Royals at the major-league level, and I'm sure there was some anxiety.

Maybe I'm crazy--scratch that; there's no DOUBT that I'm crazy--but he is human, after all.

I'd be almost giddy to see a rotation with Burnes and/or Urquidy in it. Heck, I'd love to see Ryan Yarbrough back. He gave the Royals exactly what was expected of him in '23, and I have no reason to believe that he couldn't do it again in '24 and maybe longer. In a perfect world, he'd be a great number-four starter (translate to "Royalsese": number-two), and in any world, he'd get them one step closer to putting Jordan L. in the bullpen.

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Hmmmm, What is interesting is that I think I’d take almost everyone of the players on this list. LOL, they are all upgrades to what we have now. Some I like more than others. I actually think Keller with some tweaks could be better than he was last year. I’d actually be ok with Blackburn our Houser. I don’t think they would be particularly expensive and I think they would be better than what we have in house. Clarke Schmidt would be a win. His numbers would be better out of the AL East I would think. He’d be a good middle of the rotation get. I guess when the pitching is as bad as it was this year. Pretty much every name is going to be an improvement.

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So maybe it’s just me. But I don’t know that I want Barlow back. And it’s not the money, and he’s a plenty good reliever yet. But it’s just the whole we need to move on. His time had come and I don’t want to bring back players from a 106 loss team if that makes sense. Was it his fault, no, but he also wasn’t particularly good at the end. Maybe it is the frustration of not moving him sooner. Or seeing the end wasn’t very good. IDK, I’m not a big fan of a reunion there.

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by David Lesky

Please bring back Yarbrough!

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Royals fan for sure (and no answer), but the future is never Glorious to view until it gets here. I remember in 2014 and everyone came out to see us on last day--Standing the whole time. Those days

are glorious to view, but remember they are getting paid too to beat us....

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