Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star stopped by to talk about Billy Butler‘s struggles, the event that could become a Yordano Ventura, predicting pitching injuries and Ned Yost media savvy. Also David and Clint ramble on about Kyle Zimmer, Bruce Chen and the Royals lack of offense.
David and Clint had new Kansas CIty Star beat writer on to talk about the upcoming Royals season, views of the organization from an outsider, Fake Ned harassment and more about Andy himself. Prior to that interview David and Clint discuss the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with Baltimore and the recent interview with Dan Glass by MLB.com and Kevin Kietzman’s interview with Robb Heineman of Sporting KC. Audio of that interview can found at 810whb.com.
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While Mike was off being featured on Deadspin, Ben and Troy held down the show talking about the 40 man adds and drops. Troy then talked with Lane Adams about being part of the Stormchasers Playoff Run after starting the year in AAA, being added to the 40 man and what his first day at the K will be like. Jeff then joined the show just in time to talk with Sam Mellinger about what the Royals need this offseason, Denver, and Journalistic Integrity. Then we talked about what you find when you Google Sam Mellinger, especially on the images side.
The guys wrapped it up with some deep thoughts and nonsense.
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We were glad to welcome Royals beat writer Bob Dutton to the Vault this week to talk about the Royals and what lies ahead for the offseason.
We addressed Billy Butler trade rumors and his place in the Royals lineup. We asked him about other bats that the Royals could go after and Dayton Moore’s typical offseason pattern including his tendency to make moves early in the offseason.
One of those moves? Ervin Santana, acquired last year on Halloween. So we picked Dutton’s brain about how those negotiations might go. His sense is that the Royals won’t make an offer until he hits free agency, but that they’re certain to make a qualifying offer to him. We wanted him to guess at a Royals offer for Santana and he posited 3 years and perhaps $40 million (but just a guess).
We also discussed Greg Holland‘s place in Royals bullpen lore, the benefits of the Royals defense in 2013 and how there’s less need to overspend on free agents after a successful season. We concluded by talking about the Royals beat, what it’s like having the best job in the world, and being snarky on Twitter (and you should be following Dutton at @Royals_Report if you aren’t already).
Additionally, before Dutton joined us, we talked about Greg Holland and other arbitration eligible players, and compared Holland to a few other pitchers.
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