There's news afoot that his extramarital activities may have had something to do with his voluntary retirement.
As a longtime Royal fan, they need to do something differently. Baird has done a good job of acquiring talent for nothing (Leo Nunez, Justin Huber, Andy Sisco), but they seem intent on bringing guys up that aren't ready yet. Calling up Burgos from AA; Nunez has about three games above A ball and he's up. Ruben Gotay last year and he still looks overmatched at times. Then they give Calvin Pickering all of 31 at-bats before bringing back Ken Harvey and his hacktastic hitting approach. It is so damn frustrating being a fan of this team. Beside Zack Greinke, I don't see a ton to like about the future either. Can someone lift my spirits about this? Maybe Scott Christ and his damn high-flying Orioles? I doubt it.
I can't say I am surprised by this. He's been average at best and just the pits in the post season. His salary and no trade clause will make it difficult, so maybe it's just something to try and motivate him?