Spring training game results mean nothing, but I don’t care. The Royals are 2-0.
Kansas City Royals 8, Cleveland Indians 6 (Box Score)
2:05pm – MLBST – Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs (MLBN, 610AM)
The Royals officially agreed with 3B Hunter Dozier on a new four-year, $25 million contract. The club has an option for a fifth year at $10 million with a $1 million buyout. The deal starts this season. The option year is 2025. The deal buys out one year of free agency, two if the option is exercised. The deal includes escalators and bonuses that could bring the total contract to $49 million.
The Royals announced their spring training television schedule on Monday. How are all spring training games not televised these days?
Chiefs’ Brett Veach Gives An Update
Chiefs’ GM Brett Veach held a press conference on Monday. In that press conference, he gave updates on the team and answered questions from the invited media. Interested in the details? We have it all right here.
Former Houston Texan JJ Watt agreed with the Arizona Cardinals on a two-year, $31 million contract with $23 million guaranteed. The Texans recently released Watt at his request.
The Washington Redskins are expected to release QB Alex Smith in the near future.
Rece Davis signed a multi-year contract extension to stay with ESPN.
The NIT tournament will have just 16 teams this year. All games will be played in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
Is Dayton Moore’s Approach Correct?
One of today’s reads is about the Royals’ approach under Dayton Moore. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before. Dayton Moore won’t tank. He will put the best team he can on the field every year. But is that the right approach?
We are told that tanking is the way to go. You get high draft picks over multiple years, and you are right back to competing for a World Series. Is it really that easy?
It’s not that easy. You have to not only get the high picks, but you have to draft the right players, and they have to develop into what you thought when you drafted them. As a Royals fan, you know how few prospects actually live up to their hype.
And how many teams that have tanked have supplemented their roster by spending on free agents? The tanking teams that compete for championships also spend big. Look at the Houston Astro’s in 2020. No, they didn’t reach the World Series, but they were close, and they are the most successful tanking team of late.
The Astros tanked to draft guys like Carlos Correa. And they have had success with the help of a lot of spending and several well-placed trash cans. On the Astros roster last year, Carlos Correa made $8 million. That’s not ridiculous. He is not yet a free agent. But the Astros had some high-priced pieces to help. They were paying Jose Altuve $26 million, Zack Greinke, $32 million, and Justin Verlander $33 million. And that’s just the beginning.
Do you think the Royals could afford to supplement the young studs with those high-priced veterans? No chance.
The path to a championship for the Royals is the same as it has been for years. They have to draft well, develop those players and turn them into quality major leaguers. And the Royals have to supplement them with free agents they can sign at a reasonable cost.
Tanking is not the answer. Tanking guarantees years of losing. It doesn’t guarantee any winning.
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