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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Royals - Signed Kendall

Kansas City Royals - Signed C Jason Kendall to a 2-year, $6 million contract.

Dayton Moore is starting to resemble an unlucky version of Quincy Magoo.  Kendall is pretty much John Buck without the power these days and while I guess one could make a tortured case of Kendall mentoring a staff of young pitchers, the Royals aren’t exactly teeming with young pitchers and the primary one did just fine being mentored by Buck, Olivo, and Pena.

Seriously, if the Royals gave me $1 million to me to kick Moore in the crotch, they’d be better off from both a financial and a baseball standpoint.

ZiPS Projection - Jason Kendall (C)
————————————————————————————————————————-
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+ 
————————————————————————————————————————-
2010       420 44 106 20   1   2   39 37 46   6 .252 .328 .319   73
————————————————————————————————————————-
Top Offensive Comps:  Brad Awesomeness, Bob Boone, Luke Sewell

ODDIBE

Offense
Top Quintile   1%
2nd Quintile   2%
Mid Quintile   7%
4th Quintile   28%
Low Quintile   63%

OPS+              OBP           3B         Hits
160+        0%    .400+    1%    10+    0%    200+  0%
140+        0%    .375+    6%    5+    1%    150+  0%
130+        0%    .350+    21%
120+        0%    .325+    54%    2B
110+        1%    .300+    84%    45+    0%
100+        2%                30+    4%
90+          7%
80+          24%
60+          57%

BA               SLG           HR         SB
.350+        0%    .550+    0%    50+    0%    70+    0%
.325+        1%    .500+    0%    40+    0%    50+    0%
.300+        5%    .450+    0%    30+    0%    30+    0%
.275+        20%  .400+    0%    20+    0%    10+    10%
.250+        54%  .350+    12%    10+    0%

(Based on Projected PA)

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 15, 2009 at 04:51 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BobbyS Posted: December 15, 2009 at 05:33 PM (#3413339)
Brad....AWESOME!??!
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 15, 2009 at 05:35 PM (#3413348)
Seriously, if the Royals gave me $1 million to me to kick Moore in the crotch, they'd be better off from both a financial and a baseball standpoint.

I'll do it for 500K! And I'm a non-union consultant so the Royals won't be on the hook if I break a toes or something.
   3. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 15, 2009 at 05:49 PM (#3413380)
I'll do it for 500K! And I'm a non-union consultant so the Royals won't be on the hook if I break a toes or something.

OK, but can you kick as hard as Dan? They'd have to hold tryouts.
   4. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 15, 2009 at 05:52 PM (#3413386)
OK, but can you kick as hard as Dan?

I've never met Dan, but yes.
   5. Dan Szymborski Posted: December 15, 2009 at 06:03 PM (#3413412)
Sorry, that should've been Brad Awesomeness.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: December 15, 2009 at 07:19 PM (#3413586)
The problem with your plan Dan and Shooty is that there are 2 dozen Royals fans who'd be happy to do it for free.

Yes, that's right, every single remaining Royals fan would like to kick Moore in the balls.

It's odd. $1 M a season in today's baseball world is almost ignorable. Yet Kendall at the originally reported 2/$4 was an almost cromulent move that was just a bad idea for the Royals but, hey, at least it saved money over Buck. Somehow at 2/$6, it's like 3 times worse. Must be the new math.
   7. Jerk Store Posted: December 15, 2009 at 07:39 PM (#3413618)
I thought for sure this would be worthy of an illustration by Billy.
   8. aleskel Posted: December 15, 2009 at 07:53 PM (#3413632)
Sorry, that should've been Brad Awesomeness.

god, it took my two minutes of wondering if that was a real guy that I never heard of before I figured out who it was. I need to stop drinking in the middle of the day.
   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 15, 2009 at 09:49 PM (#3413901)
I like Kendall. I hope they give him a zillion dollars, and a pony too. He can glower at it, and make it cry. That would please him.
   10. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 16, 2009 at 01:42 AM (#3414181)
Anybody else remember when Kendall used to be able to hit?

Sometimes players make a conscious decision to sacrifice average for power, or power for average. Kendall has sacrificed both and thrown in a sacrifice in speed as well and I have yet to figure out what he got back in return.
   11. Ryan Lind Posted: December 16, 2009 at 01:54 AM (#3414196)
Grit.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 16, 2009 at 01:59 AM (#3414201)
I thought for sure this would be worthy of an illustration by Billy.

Yeah, I'm pretty shocked this go the straight treatment.
   13. AJMcCringleberry Posted: December 16, 2009 at 04:21 AM (#3414322)
I think Dan is saving up for the upcoming Molina 3/21 deal with the Mets.
   14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 16, 2009 at 05:08 AM (#3414361)
Sometimes players make a conscious decision to sacrifice average for power, or power for average. Kendall has sacrificed both and thrown in a sacrifice in speed as well and I have yet to figure out what he got back in return.


The ability to play for a whole year with a torn tendon in his thumb. Which then required three different operations that offseason.

And he was never the same hitter again. The end.
   15. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: December 16, 2009 at 06:12 PM (#3414827)
I fully expected to see that piece of toast again.

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