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Whatever. I think Shields is a more valuable commodity than he is being given credit for...
The other potential fun thing is that the Royals now have no outfielders in the minor league system that are likely to be MLB ready until 2015.
Shields gives you an extra 30 IP p.a.
Sure, and his peripherals are shiny. He's better, just not Wil Myers better.
1) Dempster is a guy who turns 36 in early May, sucked in 2011, had a good half-season with the Cubs, then gets lit up with the Rangers.
Evidence: No FA's ever sign with the Royals.
I fully admit the Royals have to overpay; probably need to add one year at the same AAV to the best competing contract, or $1-2M more in AAV. I'm just saying I'd rather overpay in money than talent.
My contention is that the logic beginning from this statement and concluding with 'thus Moore is an idiot,' which is based on alternatives that we do not know were even possible, is less plausible than the logic beginning from this statement and concluding with 'perhaps our understanding of the market is flawed.'
Think about who is usually pitching the 6th or 7th inning, if it is not your starting pitcher - it is probably, at best, your third-best relief pitcher.
That said, a 102 ERA+ from a right-handed short reliever is nothing special. There are guys like that available as NRIs every year.
To me, the difference between James Shields and those 30 IP being thrown by, generally, somebody who is 3rd-best reliever (at best) is huge.
He pulls off the Royals’ biggest trade in two decades, giving them a shot at their first playoff berth since 1985, and he’s read that he made the blockbuster deal simply to save his job.
“To me, that’s insulting,’’ Moore tells USA TODAY Sports. “That’s very insulting. Very, very insulting.
And from John Perrotto of USA Today/Baseball America/Prospectus in the hour after the trade, via Twitter:
"This from a #Royals person in Nashville last week: "We need to win NOW. There is no more time for waiting." Translated: Jobs on the line."
Dayton Moore should direct his indignation at his own staff/organization, rather than at boogeyman journalists.
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