K.C. Columnist: trade Greinke and Soria for prospects

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Zack Greinke headshot.jpgMy dad gave me one dollar bill ‘Cause I’m his smartest son, and I swapped it for two shiny quarters ’cause two is more than one.  And then I took the quarters and traded them to Lou for three dimes — I guess he don’t know that three is more than two:

In an American League Central that features four more talented teams than the Royals, it’s time to shake things up. Trade Zack Greinker and Joakim Soria

The Royals’ two most popular and talented players, the trades would leave many fans disappointed. However, it could also leave the Royals’ cupboard stacked with young
talent and within five years, the Royals could be a prime-time
contending team.

Even if we were to assume that the Royals should trade their best players for prospects — which I wouldn’t assume, but play along — do you really want to trust Dayton Moore to be the one to turn them into prospect gold? I sure wouldn’t.

Maybe you try to trade Soria — that is, if you determine that doing something fun like turning him into a starter won’t work — but if the Royals can’t at least pretend to build around Zack Greinke they should just pack it in and merge with the Cardinals or something.

Hideki Matsui thinks Shohei Otani should pitch and hit in MLB

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Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.

Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”

Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.

The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.