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Royals ready to move minor-leaguer of the year?

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08:13 AM ET 11.27 | Of all teams, the Royals may be ready to heat up a new round of offseason moves. Is outfield prospect Wil Myers worth a veteran pitcher who would instantly go to the front of the Royals' rotation, such as Tampa Bay's James Shields or Boston's Jon Lester? ... If the Royals opt not to trade, say, first baseman Eric Hosmer or any of their other cornerstone young players already on the big-league roster, that effectively positions Myers as their only marquee bargaining chip to obtain a front-of-the-rotation starter. Even so, it's a heck of a chip -- if the Royals choose to use it. Myers was the consensus minor-league player of the year and is already drawing heavy interest from numerous clubs.

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November 27, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Minor Is Less Than Major, Bros.

November 27, 2012  08:34 AM ET

The Rays have the pitching depth to pull off this deal. The Red Sox don't have anyone on the roster right now that could replace Lester in the rotation.

November 27, 2012  08:59 AM ET

A front line pitcher for the Royals might get them 5 to 10 more wins next year. Not good enough to give up minor league player of the year just to finish above the Twinkles.

November 27, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A front line pitcher for the Royals might get them 5 to 10 more wins next year. Not good enough to give up minor league player of the year just to finish above the Twinkles.

I disagree. Front of the rotation pitchers are much harder to come by than offensive prospects. The Rays would want more than just Myers for Shields.

November 27, 2012  09:35 AM ET

The Royals are more than one more starting pitcher away, sometimes your best move long term is to do keep what you have. See where it all goes. Price is a worthy piece to any puzzle, but Lester? Really?

November 27, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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The Royals are more than one more starting pitcher away, sometimes your best move long term is to do keep what you have. See where it all goes. Price is a worthy piece to any puzzle, but Lester? Really?

But we are talking about a prospect here. You are not going to get David Price for a prospect. John Lester should be about type of pitcher the Royals should expect to receive.

November 27, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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But we are talking about a prospect here. You are not going to get David Price for a prospect. John Lester should be about type of pitcher the Royals should expect to receive.

That is exactly why you sit tight with the prospect. Do you want Lester's contract and health questions in return? Two years and then what with him? Would he make a big enough difference to the Royals?
The Red Sox would make that trade.

November 27, 2012  10:37 AM ET

If the Royals go only by Lester's performances against them, they'll gleefully hand over their top minor leaguer. Lester's thrown both a one hitter and a no hitter at them. But if they do so, they'll make the same mistake that the Sox seemed to be doing with Mike Napoli. He might kill your team but the question should be: "what does he do against the rest of the league?"

November 27, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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If the Royals go only by Lester's performances against them, they'll gleefully hand over their top minor leaguer. Lester's thrown both a one hitter and a no hitter at them. But if they do so, they'll make the same mistake that the Sox seemed to be doing with Mike Napoli. He might kill your team but the question should be: "what does he do against the rest of the league?"

That's an interesting observation, hat. Also, I didn't realize Lester pitched so well against the Royals.

November 27, 2012  10:45 AM ET

Lester has 12 million coming his way next year and then a team option for 13 more the following year. He had a bad record last year. Yes the team was bad, but so was Dickey's Mets team. You don't make that trade if you are the Royals.

November 27, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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That is exactly why you sit tight with the prospect. Do you want Lester's contract and health questions in return? Two years and then what with him? Would he make a big enough difference to the Royals?The Red Sox would make that trade.

Lester's 4.82 ERA from last year is also a concern. He's 28 so it's probably an aberration, but it's certainly going through my mind if I'm contemplating dealing my top prospect for him.

November 27, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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You don't make that trade if you are a smart organization.

Fixed.

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November 27, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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Lester has 12 million coming his way next year and then a team option for 13 more the following year. He had a bad record last year. Yes the team was bad, but so was Dickey's Mets team. You don't make that trade if you are the Royals.

I'm not sure if I make that deal if I'm the Red Sox. Lester had one bad year and one month, but overall he's been pretty good and durable. He has shown no signs that his recent troubles are physical. He's got his binky John Farrell coming back, so there is a pretty good chance he can turn this around. To give away a top of the rotation starter for a prospect, who may or may not turn into an all star is a very risky move. Throw in the fact that Lester is still young, I may just want to keep him around.

November 27, 2012  11:30 AM ET

If have have them then trade them ....

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November 27, 2012  11:47 AM ET
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Do you want Lester's contract and health questions in return?

*What* heath questions, doc?

 
November 27, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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I'm not sure if I make that deal if I'm the Red Sox. Lester had one bad year and one month, but overall he's been pretty good and durable. He has shown no signs that his recent troubles are physical. He's got his binky John Farrell coming back, so there is a pretty good chance he can turn this around. To give away a top of the rotation starter for a prospect, who may or may not turn into an all star is a very risky move. Throw in the fact that Lester is still young, I may just want to keep him around.

I agree with Farrell back and Beckette gone Lester should bounce back. If I was to make that trade I'd send Bucholz to KC. He's not a very big guy and he'll lose his stuff just like Lincecum has.

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