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"I heard that stuff on the radio," Brett said, "that we've ruined our farm system. My response to that is it's not like baseball is doing away with the draft. The Royals will have a draft this June and another one next June and another one the June after that. And they've been pretty good at this.
...“Of course, time will tell,” he said. “But, everything I have heard about Shields is that he’s a presence in that clubhouse. We need that, a guy who knows how to win and expects to win.
that the Royals intend to compete for a long, long time. And if we are competitive in the next couple of years and make the playoffs, that’s going to make guys like Hoz and Moose think about staying here a long time.
“I look at it this way: It’s like a chess match,” Brett said. “Maybe we had to give up a rook and a horse so we could get in position for checkmate. That’s how you play the game. You have to
That's a good plan if Sanchez or Jackson would've signed with the Royals - but we don't if either was even the slightest bit interested in going to baseball purgatory.
It doesn't always work but history suggests that offering a player $10 M more than any other team is an excellent way of convincing the player that you have a rock-solid plan to compete.
“I look at it this way: It’s like a chess match,” Brett said. “Maybe we had to give up a rook and a horse...
Any plan to compete now that involves trading away a young RF with an impact bat to keep Frenchy as your starter fails any test of rational thought.
Anyone calling a knight a "horse" should absolutely not use chess metaphors.
Horsey to pointy guy six!
I will bet you eleventy quillion dollars they think he's a real ballplayer.
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