Friday, March 10, 2006

Hope Springs Eternal - or does it?

As Opening Day creeps closer, I can’t help but feel a little bit of dread for the upcoming Royals season.

For one, I’m not convinced the Royals spent their $22 million surplus wisely this past off season. Dan pointed out these two articles (Part I, Part II) by Marc Normandin that go into great detail, but suffice it to say that they could probably have gotten similar performance from their much less expensive younger players.

And now the Royals’ pitchers seem to be dropping like flies. First, Zack Greinke went home to address emotional issues, and now potential opening day starter Mark Redmond goes down with a knee injury. He will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery.

So the only sure bet to make the rotation is Scott Elarton, who has been named the opening day starter. Everybody else (Runelvys Hernamdez, Joe Mays, Denny Bautista, Mike Wood, JP Howell, Jeremy Affeldt) are either inconsistent or injury prone.

Still, I’m looking forward to my annual trek to Arizona catch some Cubs and Royals spring training action next week. Even if I don’t feel too confident about the upcoming season, spring is still the season of optimism.

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