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September 13, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: Opening Act

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Jeff Euston

The Royals are reduced to playing on the undercard now but are quietly building a solid foundation.

You’d be forgiven for missing it, but one afternoon game graces today’s baseball schedule, with Oakland left-hander Bobby Cramer making his major-league debut against the Royals in Kansas City.

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August 31, 2006 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Curious Case of Mark Teahen

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Dan Fox

In this tale of two third basemen, Dan sorts out which one's the genuine article: the old Mark Teahen, or the new terror of the American League.

--Former Royals General Manager Allard Baird, perhaps with an "I told you so" when asked about the third baseman's breakthrough season.

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Can Javier Vazquez get back on track for the Diamondbacks? Do the Tigers have the best young pitching trio in their division? Will the Royals trade Mike Sweeney? These questions and more answered in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

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June 26, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: June 21-24

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Christina Kahrl

The Orioles fulfill their quest for Jason Grimsley. The Reds are awash in infielders. The Astros get their man in Beltran. The A's get theirs in Dotel. The Royals...not so much. These and other happenings in a special Saturday edition of Trasnaction Analysis.

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The D'backs made an early splash in the Hot Stove league by dealing Curt Schilling to the Red Sox and getting Richie Sexson from the Brewers. The Royals, whether we believe it or not, are now employing one of the more savvy GMs in baseball. And the Phillies spent the off-season making themselves the favorite in the National League East. All this and much more news from Arizona, Kansas City, and Philadelphia in your Thursday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Alright, We're Spent: Arizona made an early splash during the Hot Stove season when, within a matter of days, they consummated the first two major trades of the off-season, dealing Curt Schilling to the BoSox and getting Richie Sexson from the Brewers in a classic quantity for quality deal.
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    "Geez, what are you guys all doing here? I thought I traded all of you guys." -- Allard Baird, Royals GM, joking while walking through the clubhouse just after the trading deadline

    MANAGEMENT

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    There was little joy in watching the final, desperate days of the Tony Muser Era arrive at their inevitable conclusion. Nor was there any sense of anger or frustration from knowing how much opportunity has been wasted while we waited for the axe to fall.

    There was only relief. Relief, and closure.

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    Today, though, I don't want to talk about any of the blunders that Baird has made. Instead, I wanted to concentrate on the very first meaningful decision that Baird made after he was promoted to GM, one that yielded only a brief mention by the media at the time, but that has the potential to be among the biggest mistakes Baird will ever make.

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    Billy Beane, who robbed the Royals of Jermaine Dye, who gave us a pet rock for Jeremy Giambi, who helped the Royals achieve their dream of owning Roberto Hernandez. Hell, he even took away Kevin Appier, and never mind that it was the right thing for the Royals, it still hurt like hell.

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    The Royals finished the season with just three potential free agents, and already had the foresight to re-sign the least enticing one, Brent Mayne. With a midnight deadline looming on December 7, the Royals were able to come to terms with Luis Alicea, for essentially the same money as last year: $800,000 with incentives.

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    It was less than four months ago that Allard Baird stood before the baseball world and announced that he had traded one of the best right fielders in the game for Neifi Perez. In one of the great non sequiturs of all time, Baird claimed that because the Royals could not re-sign Rey Sanchez--Rey Sanchez!--Jermaine Dye had to be sacrificed. He spoke about how he could not stand to see the Royals unsettled at a "premium position."

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    I want to thank everyone who spent the time and effort to create and share this material. Some people really spent a lot of time carefully considering actions--either how exactly Allard Baird should be exiled/jailed/sterilized, or how an organization like the Royals should deal with what are likely to be persistent challenges. More than 500 people sent in plans of one sort or another. Thanks, and I'm sorry if I didn't have time to respond privately.

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