Kansas City Royals Pitching Roster Tree In 2014 – World Series Edition: Shields Pivotal Despite Playoff Struggles
How All Of The 2014 Royals Pitchers Were Acquired:
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While James Shields has not had a banner postseason – however it is important to remember his influence on culture change in the Royals clubhouse for this successful franchise turnaround.
Dayton Moore has done a fantastic job of assembling this franchise’s roster over the last 5 – 7 years. It came on the heels of a quarter century of futility yes, but the future definitely looks bright.
As we have said before, teams residing in either league’s Central Division have a fair chance of competing in a season every year.
The highest payroll team is the Detroit Tigers, but they are not in the stratosphere of the Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Angels and Phillies, were there is a 2nd team in the division who can go buck wild in contracts.
The Nationals and Giants are able to spend in the $150 MIL range to join Philly and the Dodgers. In the AL West, Texas and the Angels can mirror each other, whereas the Red Sox and Yankees own the AL East payroll leaders.
St. Louis is the highest NL Central club, and are always near the fringe of the top 10 for dollars spent annually only.
The Tigers are the only franchise spending big cash in the AL Central, although the White Sox have delved into higher salaries in previous seasons – when they drew well following the 2005 World Series. They have since scaled back.
The Royals should be able to field a nice team for the next 2 – 3 years, and it shouldn’t break the bank for the ownership.
Detroit has aging and hefty contract problems coming up, and KC has more depth for the 1 – 25 Roster, when it comes to withstanding injuries
For the foreseeable few seasons ahead, you will bank on the emergence of Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy to continue their development as aces, and the Relief Core is the still the strongest asset of the equation.
Greg Holland has 2 years left of Arbitration, Herrera is under team control until after the 2018 season, and Davis was signed to a team friendly pact while a member of the Rays organization.
Davis has 3 straight Team Option of single years for 2015 – 2017, that work with $7 MIL, $8 MIL and $10 MIL respectively.
Aaron Crow is also on the book for 2 more years until he hits Free Agency.
Crow, Herrera and Holland were all draft picks by the franchise, as was Ventura and Duffy.
Guthrie was picked up from the Rockies for bust Jonathan Sanchez, after Kansas City was originally burned for trading Melky Cabrera for the LHP. Cabrera was a significant Free Agent deal prior to the 2011 year.
They were able to flip the OF, before the whole steroids crap hit the wall.
Brandon Finnegan, who was the 17th pick in the 2014 Draft, will give the team a great pitcher for year – who has just started his Arbitration clock.
Just like the offense’s tree, the two main deals that constructed the team – were the Rays trade, and the Zack Greinke deal that was before that.
Even if Wil Myers turns into a superstar, that deal couldn’t have worked out better for Kansas City, as the price tag for acquiring a #1 pitcher always costs organizations plenty of prospects.
James Shields only cost the franchise $22.5 MIL for the last 2 seasons, not bad for a 27 – 17 record, with a 3.18 ERA and 1.209 WHIP.
Playoffs withstanding, he also provided the club 455.2 IP worth of work, which helped Ned Yost line up his Starting Staff, and shorten his Bullpen on a regular basis. This team’s youngsters were not ready to have taken that workload in 2013 and 2014.
The last trade of note is the Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel deal that saw the team bring back Tim Collins. Again, none of those guys made the franchise regret sending them away, and both were Free Agent acquisitions anyway.
Maybe the franchise will sign 1 or 2 – 2nd tier Starting Pitchers, and continue to use their Minor League System to aid their Relief Core.
Kansas City is not shy spending on the club either, as their Pitching Staff Payroll was 8th in the Major Leagues, earning about $55 MIL as a collective unit. Another reason why they won’t be able to sign Shields in the winter, (although they will grace him with the qualifying offer to receive a compensatory pick).
Perhaps they will use that to Draft another late inning arm in the draft of 2015 in order to find Finnegan v. 2.0 for next campaign.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased, It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Pitchers In 2014 (Date Of Birth Or Age) (Pitching Pos) Roster Tree
James Shields (12/20/81) 24: December 9, 2012: Traded by the Tampa Bay Rays with a player to be named later and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for Patrick Leonard (minors), Mike Montgomery (minors), Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Elliot Johnson (February 12, 2013) to the Kansas City Royals to complete the trade.
Jake Odorizzi (24) SP: December 19, 2010: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress and Alcides Escobar to the Kansas City Royals for Yuniesky Betancourt, Zack Greinke and cash.
Lorenzo Cain (28) CF: Is currently playing regularly as the Starting CF in 2014 for the Royals.
Tyler Lumsden (31) P: November 20, 2007, the Royals purchased Lumsden’s contract, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. On November 20, 2008, Lumsden was designated for assignment, and claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros four days later.
Wade Davis (9/7/85) RP: Is currently mowing them down as the Royals 8th inning setup man.
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Posted on October 24, 2014, in MLB Roster Trees, Playoffs and tagged 2014 world series, aaron crow, al central, alicies escobar, brandon finnegan, colorado rockies, dan cortez, Danny Duffy, dayton moore, derrick saito, detroit tigers, elliot johnson, greg holland, Gregor Blanco, jake odorizzi, james shields, Jason Frasor, Jason Vargas, Jeremy guthrie, Jeremy Jeffress, jesse chavez, jonathan sanchez, Kansas city, kansas city royals, kauffman stadium, kelvin herrera, kyle farnsworth, lorenzo cain, louis coleman, luke hochevar, melky cabrera, mike macdougal, milwaukee brewers, ned yost, patrick leonard, philadelphia phillies, Rick Ankiel, ryan verdugo, san francisco giants, Spencer Patton, tampa bay rays, tim collins, tim montgomery, tyler lumsden, wade davis, wil myers, Yordano Ventura, Yuniesky Betancourt, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Kansas City Royals Pitching Roster Tree In 2014 – World Series Edition: Shields Pivotal Despite Playoff Struggles.