Following a trade that has been largely derided, Royals fans have been treated to, well, nothing. Bob Dutton is reporting that Greinke will probably hold off on signing a long-term contract until he can see what direction the team is heading in. Maybe he, too, is scared by the Mike Jacobs trade*.
*Just so I have been totally clear: I am not overly enthusiastic about Jacobs but am not going to over-react in a Chicken Little manner. I will wait until the team has taken shape for this coming season before getting too worked up. The offseason is simply too long to get infuriated about the acquisition of another no-glove first basemen (who also is averse to taking walks, the article does not inspire faith in Jacobs ). Rany did seem to come down off the ledge just a little bit, and the usage scenario he lays out at the end of the entry could actually work.
But in Royalsdom, that's about all she wrote for now. Brandon Duckworth was re-signed and then optioned to AAA-Omaha... Miguel Olivo is your starting catcher...
And to add insult to injury, baseball writers chose to only give Mike Aviles enough votes to garner a fourth place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting. Three of these writers also voted for an ineligible candidate in the NL voting. Obviously, I can understand how Evan Longoria won, but I really don't see any discernible difference between Alexei Ramirez and Mike Aviles. Aviles has a considerable advantage across the board in every hitting ratio. If the voters deemed Alexei more valuable than Ellsbury, then how does Aviles finish behind him. If it were reversed and the voters decided that Ellsbury's steals were simply too impressive to overlook and voted him second, I could at least understand that reasoning, despite my disagreement with that rationale. But this? This is preposterous. I guess Aviles was simply wearing the wrong uniform.