When pitchers and catchers report this Friday, the Royals roster will more or less be set. To prepare, Jeff and Mike discussed comments from Dayton Moore on Monday about the pitching staff and a couple of minor leaguers. But first, we did some transaction cleanup, including Emilio Bonifacio’s impending release, the Carlos Peguero trade, and sneaking Everett Teaford back to Omaha.
We also talked about baseball finances and reading the pitching market. Dayton Moore has a pattern of jumping out ahead and signing players before the market fully develops and it might hurt in 2014. The Royals will have a record payroll, but they’re past their “break-even” point and aren’t due to add any more players.
That includes Ervin Santana, and we theorized about potential destinations for the former Royal and how the shifting pitching market dictates his decision.
Then we talked about making Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, and Kyle Zimmer work as starters and the importance of keeping the three out of the bullpen blackhole.
We finished up talking about Mike Sweeney’s new job and Mike also interviewed Brett Parker, an originator of the grass roots Dressed to the Nines day last season, a concept which the Royals are adopting into an official gameday promotion in 2014. For more info, follow Brett at @TheBrettTParker.