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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Royals sign Ian Kennedy to five-year, $70 million contract

How can teams compete with big money clubs like the Royals?

The Royals have signed right-handed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year contract worth $70 million, according to Jon Heyman. Ken Rosenthal reports Kennedy can opt out of the contract after two years.

Kennedy is a 31-year old right-handed pitcher who has won 75 games in parts of nine Major Leagues seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He was 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA and 4.51 FIP with 0.8 fWAR last season, but was a 3.5 fWAR pitcher the season before that. His best season came in 2011 when he won 21 games and was a 4.8 fWAR pitcher with a 2.88 ERA and 3.22 FIP.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, royals

Jon Heyman Breaks Two Big Signs

Big contracts for Ian Kennedy and Chris Davis. Davis back to the Orioles.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, free agents, ian kennedy

Sunday, December 20, 2015

5 big free agents who won’t sign for a while | MLB.com

This generation’s Jody Reed.

Ian Desmond, SS, 30
Do you evaluate a player in his walk year or his track record? That’s the question with Desmond.

As I see it, this is a good player who had a bad year (.674 OPS), but he will be a difference-maker again, and he could wind up being a relative bargain. Desmond and his agent just need to understand his market and know that certain clubs won’t be able to see past his 2015 performance. He likely won’t get an offer as good as the seven-year, $107 million extension he reportedly turned down from the Nationals last offseason, and that might be frustrating for him. However, if Desmond chases the perceived “mistake” he made, then he will never be the player he is capable of being, which is a dynamic shortstop with 20-homer power and one of the strongest arms in the game.

My guess is that a desire to match last year’s offer will lead him to hold out for a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, daniel murphy, free agents, howie kendrick, ian desmond, ian kennedy

 

 

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