Kansas City Baseball Vault – 2/9/15 – Shields Signs and Some Spring Training Thoughts

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So James Shields finally signed. After a week where we talked about how the Royals might have a slim chance to re-sign him, Shields agreed to a deal with San Diego.

We looked at the fallout now that it’s official and talked about the comparisons to the players the Royals signed ahead of Shields, as well as presented a theory on why two Royals starters – Shields and Ervin Santana – have had to play the waiting game in each of the past two offseasons.

Then we discussed the bullpen and some of the factors in play in Spring Training. The primary roster is pretty well set, but the bullpen can have some intrigue to it.

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 50

We actually had some news this week. The Royals reached deals with Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and Danny Duffy.

Around the league, we talked about Wade Miley’s extension with the Red Sox. Ryan Ludwick and Nate Schierholtz signed minor league deals with the Rangers and will form an interesting platoon.

We also talk a long while about the one and only James Shields who signed a 4-year deal with the San Diego Padres.

Kansas City Baseball Vault – Shields and Shifts

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As the Royals settled some arbitration cases, we talked about some of the potential changes to the game – pitch clocks, shifts, adding offense – that have come up recently and been pitched by new Commissioner Rob Manfred.

We also talked about why James Shields hasn’t signed yet and the potential that he could end up back on the Royals. He’d be welcomed back by most, but could they fit him in the payroll at this point?

We’re still a couple of weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting, so Jeff and Mike talked a bit about what TV shows are killing time for them until baseball returns.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: 11/3/14 – World Series Recap and What Happens Next

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After some time off to watch the World Series, we put off recording the first offseason show long enough.

Of course, the Royals did not finish their dream run through the playoffs, but it was still a great showing. We talked about the memories, the new fans, and just how special the 2014 season turned out to be, even if Madison Bumgarner ended it.

And since the season is over, we looked at the impact of departing free agents, mostly notably Billy Butler (whose option for 2015 was declined by the team), James Shields, and Nori Aoki.

Is this the only time we’ll see the Royals in the playoffs this generation, or can they keep building on this?

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 37

The World Series is here and our team is in it! We give a full World Series preview, focusing especially on the matchups between James Shields and Madison Bumgarner and Jeremy Guthrie against Ryan Vogelsong.┬áThe series is evenly matched and could easily reach seven games. The Royals have a weapons off the bench, but the Giants have a solid starting 9.┬áThe Royals have the edge in pitching despite a solid Giants bullpen. It’s gonna be tight.

We don’t just focus on the World Series because Andrew Friedman was poached from Tampa Bay by the Dodgers. It’s a big move for the Dodgers that could help them get out from under some of their heavier contractual obligations. It won’t happen this year, but it is a step in the right direction.

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Pine Tar Podcast with Scott Magness of the Bird’s Eye View Podcast

Scott Magness of the Bird’s Eye View Podcast joined Clint and David this week to talk about the ALCS matchup between the Royals and Orioles. Some of the interesting players that Scott mentioned include Nelson Cruz, J.J. Hardy, Kevin Gausman and David Lough. Also on this show David and Clint discuss the James Shields contract extension rumors while also giving their final predictions for the ALCS.

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WalkOff Talk Episode 37: Audra Gone Wild (Card)

Episode 37 brings you the first ever official Royals postseason edition of WalkOff Talk! Ben and Audra discuss postseason excitement, postseason joy, and postseason fever. The wild wildcard game, the possibilities in the upcoming ALDS, and more. POSTSEASON POSTSEASON POSTSEASON. The least sad these two have ever been on a show. Maybe. Enjoy! If we’re lucky, the next time you’ll hear us will be for an ALCS show.