Hunter is down with the sickness this week, so Reese and Matt talk about Jeter’s retirement announcement. They discuss his stature as one of the best players of all time as well as the common sentiment that he is an overrated player, despite a great bat that has 3316 career hits so far. Jeter deserves to be a first-ballot hall-of-famer, but how will he be remembered in the history books?
Julio Teheran’s 6 year/$32.4 million contract extension could provide insight into how the Kansas City Royals might approach Yordano Ventura in the coming years. Ventura hasn’t yet thrown a full season at the major league level, but Matt suggests that the Royals approach him immediately, like they did with Salvador Perez. Putting millions of dollars in front of a young pitcher may convince him to sign long term. Reese worries that a pitcher signing long-term extensions might get hurt, but agrees that it is worth the risk.
The Royals have given definitive evidence that they are up against their allocated payroll budget. Upon signing Bruce Chen, the team released Emilio Bonifacio in a significant bungling of finite resources. The team is still on the hook for $575 thousand of his salary. Bonifacio is being paid more NOT to play for the Kansas City Royals than he will be to play for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he signed a minor league deal.
Reese believes that while David Glass could spend more than $90 million if he is honestly willing to take a loss in order to win a World Series, the payroll is plenty. The mismanagement of assets and resources is the true problem. Matt believes that if the Royals move some money around and still make a move for a better pitcher, they could contend for the AL Central.
Las Vegas announced that the over/under for the Kansas City Royals is 85.5, six games higher than most projections. Vegas odds are convenient for baseball fans because they are usually fairly accurate.