Hunter, Matt and Reese talk about Ubaldo Jimenez’s signing with the Orioles and what that might mean for last-man-standing Ervin Santana‘s demand. Similarly, they discuss Homer Bailey’s contract extension and what that might indicate about James Shield’s upcoming season. In the past couple of years, the Kansas City metropolitan area has grown larger than Cincinnati’s. With a larger market, there’s no reason that the Kansas City Royals ownership can’t afford to give similar contracts.
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The Kansas City Royals had 10 players among Baseball America’s top position players. Among them were three right-handed pitchers and one lefty, giving real hope to Royals fans who have never seen pitching prospects pan out. R.A. Mondesi, Jorge Bonifacio, and Bubba Starling all make their respective positional lists. Mondesi was only behind the most elite at his position.
This also marks the beginning of Wild Card contender previews, kicking off with the New York Yankees, who have spent their way back to mediocrity. The Yanks signed Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, but couldn’t upgrade their infield enough to make a difference in the standings. Top that off with a sub-par bullpen and the Yankees are unlikely to win a wild card spot.