The Royals are sellers, but the selection is poor

Leave a comment

The Royals may be on the verge of admitting what everyone else already knows: that they’re not going anywhere:

Royals general manager Dayton Moore loathes the word “rebuilding.”
He’s not necessarily ready to concede the 2009 season, even though his
team is 31-40. But a person with knowledge of the team’s plans said
Moore will be open-minded to trade possibilities — if they bring talent
and/or salary relief that would benefit the team in 2010 and beyond.

In that respect, his approach to this year’s trade deadline is
similar to that of Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro, a competitor in the
American League Central.

As a rival AL executive put it on Thursday: “Kansas City will talk about anyone outside their core players.”

Who are the Royals’ “core players”? Obviously Greinke, Soria,
Hochevar, Gordon, and maybe Teahen, Butler and Callaspo, right? And
maybe you’d dangle one of them? Now tell me: is there anyone on the
Royals’ roster outside of that group for whom you’d give a stale
sandwich? Maybe Coco Crisp, but otherwise I’m having trouble seeing it.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.