Sep 17, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Triple Play Podcast 10 - Kansas City Royals, Erv! Throwing Fire, A's

Ervin Santana finally signed a contract, giving the Kansas City Royals their much-needed compensation pick. Hunter Matt and I discuss the deal from all sides, what it means for Santana, the Braves and the Royals.

After Yordano Ventura‘s tour de force performance in Spring Training, he clearly won the starting pitching spot over Danny Duffy. We discuss his amazing fastball, good curveball and emerging changeup. His command also suddenly looks top-notch.

On the flip side of the coin, Danny Duffy has struggled terribly. We talk about whether a move to the bullpen is in his best interest or in the best interest of the Kansas City Royals.

We continue our American League wild card previews with the Oakland Athletics. Our discussion took place before the announcement that Jarrod Parker would undergo Tommy John surgery, but we all still really like the club’s chances to contend. They have a bullpen to rival the Kansas City Royals, with the especially strong back four of Jim Johnson, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson.

Billy Beane has built a power-hitting lineup with lots of platoons that will certainly be successful. They also added defensive depth with their acquisition of Nick Punto and Craig Gentry. With Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, and Josh Reddick, expect some powerful performances.

As a bonus this week, we included a bonus conversation. It took place on one of our breaks, but it was too rich with analysis, opinions and theories to discard. We talk about Johnny Giavotella and why Ned Yost hates him, Alcides Escobar and his defense, switch-hitting, the A’s, the Royals and more.

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