Reading it provokes a veritable whipsaw of baseball emotions. So much that actually seems sensible or even hopeful, and yet so much that sounds so . . . well, Royals.
Something good first:
Either way, club officials are adamant that Callaspo, a switch hitter, needs regular playing time.
Now this sounds hopeful. They get it; of the offensive players collected, Callaspo is one of the more productive and needs to play regularly. Good. Glad to see you didn't fail to notice last season.
Then this, which suggests they weren't paying that much attention at all.
Or then you see this:
There’s even a growing feeling among club officials that Callaspo might be a better option at third base than a healthy Gordon
which makes one wonder if they're giving up on Alex. But then suddenly you see:
Even so, the Royals are hesitant to give up on Maier, who is out of options and must be exposed to waivers before returning to the minors.
One then hopes that maybe they're not so dead set on disposing of Mitch before exploring his potential fully.
Then there's this:
It’s notable perhaps that Gordon was already drawing time at first base before his injury. That points to a longer-term view in which that shift might be permanent with Billy Butler transitioning into a designated hitter if, as expected, veteran José Guillen departs after the season (if not sooner).
Ai yi yi. My poor ol' ticker can't take this.
Well, O.K., they're thinking forward. Kila fans wouldn't be happy to see this, but at least we're relieved of any notions of Guillen somehow sticking around (a nightmare scenario). Or is this Dutton just thinking out loud?
Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy decade.