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


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 42

This week we have a big show. We talk about Hanley Ramirez, Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz, the Josh Donaldson trade, J.A. Happ, Yasmany Tomas, Andrew Miller and more.

We also, of course, talk about the few Royals bullpen moves involving Aaron Crow, Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar.