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"Which means enjoy him as a Miami Marlin or something." - GOLD!

And, I'm with you on Gurriel. Fingers crossed.

Great article!

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hey lesky, how about aroldis chapman, thanks i’ll hang up and listen

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You’re probably right, but ugh. Why can’t the Royals have a shiny toy or two for a change?

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I’d take Lugo, Montas, Lauer, and Pagan in a heartbeat. Would Montas and Lauer work out? Dunno, but there is talent there. Montas would all be health related I think. Lugo is a guy that can put up a low to mid 4 era for this team for 170 innings. I like it. Make it happen!

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I think the fact that they said they want another outfielder means they are trading some people. But I think you’ve mentioned that before. I guess, I’d rather spend every available dollar on pitching this offseason. If they don’t get an outfielder so be it. That can be a next offseason get. If they want to get better faster, its almost got to be pitching, pitching, pitching until they can get some of there own guys from A ball up completely under the new philosophy.

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Where do you think they need to finish in terms of performance in 2024 in order to avoid the “bad-team tax” for the following offseason? Is showing some progress at 75 wins enough? (I assume no). 85? Or is it effectively impossible given their long history of underperformance?

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I think (as I've mentioned here before) that, for business reasons more than anything, the Royals will be much more aggressive in free agency than you're predicting here.

In the world where Sherman tells JJ to go spend some money like a real major league club so he can convince voters he actually intends to win games, is there any reason why KC is not a player for Blake Snell? You mention the "bad team tax", which is definitely a thing, but it's not like the Cardinals are a good team, or 1 pitcher away.

I strongly believe, even if they don't make a play for a $200 million guy like Snell, they sign someone to fill the James Shields role - someone like Nola or Montgomery, who you expect to be around for a few years at least, to teach the kids how to win.

If the Royals' splashy signing is a 33 year old with a history of injury issues and who has been a full-time starting pitcher for 1 season out of the past 6, they aren't getting their new stadium. I see Lugo as another guy you sign with the intent of flipping at the trade deadline.

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I would want to go after Matt Chapman and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. I love Maikel Garcia but his best value is to someone that doesn't already have Bobby Witt Jr playing SS every day. I believe he could be the centerpiece of a trade that brings back some controllable pitching.

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Nov 4, 2023Liked by David Lesky

I know pretty close to nothing about the free agent market this year, so I appreciate the education, even if you’re wrong about everything. I remember seeing Montgomery give up 9 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings in the WS and thinking, “He looks like a Royal already.”

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Is Yarbrough a free agent or is he under contract for 2024

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I for one love the free agent predictions! Also had to ask if you heard Daniel Mack's interview with Kauffman Corner. He said they are expanding again and hiring 5-6 more analysts! I believe later he talked about having more analysts would give them the ability to be more specialized. Just thought that was super exciting!

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