Are the Royals trying to actually compete? Posednick, DeJesus, Guillen and now Ankiel to play the outfield? Not a BAD little rotation. Good signing for them, he's a talented guy who has a great upside. If he does good, they have him for a relatively cheap $6million in 2011 with the mutual option.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeAre the Royals trying to actually compete? Posednick, DeJesus, Guillen and now Ankiel to play the outfield? Not a BAD little rotation.
I'll have some of what Stagger is having, please.
There's not one player in that group that would be considered a starting outfielder for a contending team. Yuck.
I disagree. David DeJesus is a perfectly acceptable cog that could fit into any team's plans. He does absolutely nothing to hurt you in terms of bat or defense; he simply won't do anything to blow you away either.
I could absolutely see him roaming around the outfield in Yankee Stadium and batting 2nd without him feeling out of place.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeAnkiel was doing fine last year until he ran head first into the center field wall. He should do well in th AL.
I suppose we all have different standards of excellence. I consider a .240 BA with 11 homers over the course of 350 at bats with an inability to draw walks to be a complete waste of lineup space.
Perspective taken into account though, we ARE talking about the Royals, so he'll probably be the team's lone all-star representative once Greinke is traded for a couple of 28 year old prospects and a brand new bat boy.
Eh, the Royals will basically be running in place until they start getting some impact players from the minors. They have been spending a lot of money in the draft and in Latin America. Of course, it'd be nice if this happened soon, while they have Greinke under contract.
To be fair, most sportswriters (including George Vescey and Dan Shaughnessey)didn't know about Lieb's true nature. I think this part of the article says it best in that regard (I bolded some of the, IMO, important details)...