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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.

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Yet another terrible signing from the Royals. They might indeed by trying to compete, but they're countering that by acquiring nothing but brutal, washed-up players.

A far better writer than I sums it up like so....
http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/2010/01/23/the-sixth-stage/



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It's the Royals.

They probably signed him to pitch.



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Obviously Ankiel isn't going to lead the Royals to the division title or something but at least Royals fans can see that they are doing SOMETHING, unlike my Pittsburgh Pirates.



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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Are 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.




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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Are 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.

Forget the rest.



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Ankiel was doing fine last year until he ran head first into the center field wall. He should do well in th AL.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Ankiel 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.



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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.
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