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February 22, 2011

Rewind yourself

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ February 22, 2011 3:15 am


So Nick Wright of 610 AM is interviewing Mike Moustakas about character. It’s all very positive. The Royals value character, the team is full of high-character guys, that kind of thing. Then Wright asks Moustakas about the fact that he might start the year in the minors, because of baseball’s service time system.

For whatever reason, Jason Kendall strongly objected to this question. (Audio here.) …

Hit the link!

UPDATE: Online audio.


July 19, 2010

Brian Anderson update

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 19, 2010 1:13 pm
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KC Star:

Anderson has been building his arm strength with the Surprise Royals of the rookie-class Arizona Summer League. Sharp said Anderson, who hasn’t allowed a run in four innings, is throwing his fastball in the low 90s and also features a slider and changeup.

“Once we get through the (soreness) — which we hope will be this week — we’ll start moving him up to different affiliates and see how he progresses,” said Sharp, who expects Anderson to pitch in another game for Surprise either today or Tuesday.

May 6, 2010

Has Kenny kicked the tires on Alex Gordon?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 6, 2010 3:08 pm
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We’ve heard rumblings that the Royals started getting tire-kicking calls on the newly demoted Alex Gordon this week before he’d even played his first game in Omaha. But the Royals have told everyone who called that they have no interest in trading their onetime No. 1 phenom.

For one thing, Gordon is still just 26 — younger than David Freese or Will Venable. So if this guy were still in the big leagues, he’d be their second-youngest position player, behind only Billy Butler.

For another thing, the Royals have him under control through at least 2013. And by 2012, they project having Mike Moustakas at third, Eric Hosmer at first and Butler as their full-time DH. So if Gordon can adapt to playing left field, which figures to be his primary position at Omaha, he can still fit himself into their long-term puzzle.

Afterall, KC is Kenny’s favorite trading partner.

January 8, 2010

Pods to KC

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 7:37 pm
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Podsednik, a longtime leadoff batter, was signed by the Royals on Friday to a one-year, $1.75-million contract for 2010 with an option for 2011. Reportedly, the deal also includes incentives that can boost the deal to about $2 million this year and $2.3 million on the option.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that if Podsednik reaches 550 plate appearances in 2010, the club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option. The deal was finalized after Podsednik underwent a physical examination in Kansas City. …

First, thanks for the dinger in the World Series Pods. It won’t be forgotten.

What’s with the Royals and the Sox each picking up the other’s leftovers though? Remember Horacio? At least Zach Greinke should be happy. He has 1,276 reasons!

BTW, Dan Szymborski has Pods’ KC projection.

December 10, 2009

Mark Teahen on the Royals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 10, 2009 10:25 am
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Cowley: Teahen on life with the Sox now: “Every year with Kansas City I would try and convince myself we made the right moves.”

Cowley: “…. But we knew that we would have to have everything work out perfectly for a chance.’

Cowley: “The nice thing with Chicago with the team in place, guys don’t have to overachieve. They just need to do what they’re capable of doing.”

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