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24 Guys We Might Have Next Year

A quick glance down the RR stats chart gives us a pretty good idea of what we've got right now at the major-league level, not taking into account minor-leaguers or guys who have played very little this year. Right now we've got 24 guys on the roster, as far as I can tell, who have put up at least fairly significant stats with the Royals this season and will be available next season. Hitters: Butler 570 AB .321/.392/.474. A fine season. DeJesus 352 AB .318/.384/.443. A fine season until he got hurt. Now he's damaged goods and wouldn't be worth what we'd get for him. Betemit 263 AB .312/.394/.536. Maybe he's for real. Regression to the mean, I know, but if he hits forty points lower in each category he'll still be a good hitter. Should probably be moved to RF. Avilés 398 AB .307/.366/.412. A fine season. Why is he not the starting shortstop? Peña 143 AB .259/.312/.343. Not a large sample size, but not an especially good one either. Better than Jason Kendall. Maier 365 AB .258/.328/.373. If he can add about twenty points in each category he'd be a solid pro. Yuni 534 AB .257/.284/.403. Despite the SLG, he still sucks. Please trade him for anything. Blanco 164 AB .256/.339/.341. 10-2 SB/CS. If he can add about twenty points.... Can steal bases. Getz 224 AB .237/.302/.277. 15-2 SB/CS. Doesn't hit enough for the big leagues. Can steal bases, at least. Can he back up at shortstop? Gordon 225 AB .222/.318/.360. Why not move him back to 3B? Is likely to do better next year, one would think. Kila 161 AB .205/.287/.329. Small sample size but looks like a 4A player. Rotation, assuming that Meche has surgery: Greinke 213 IP, 4.23 ERA, 1.26 WHIP. Regression to the mean: likely to do better than this year but not as well as last year. Chen 131/4.45/1.44. Not too bad. Keep this guy around. Hochevar 97/4.92/1.41. This is probably the real Luke, a #4 starter. Davies 178/5.31/1.56. Not good enough for a starter. Try him in the bullpen. Banny 127/6.34/1.63. Not good enough for the American League. O'Sully 58/7.21/1.60. Send him to Omaha for a year, he's still young. Bullpen: Soria 63/1.55/1.02. An ace closer, a legit All-Star. Tejeda 58/3.72/1.34. Not too bad. Six blown saves. Hughes 53/4.09/1.53. A borderline guy. Huber 21/4.15/1.34. A borderline guy. Texiera 42/4.64/1.55. A borderline guy. Wood 46/5.40/1.63. Not good enough. Back to Omaha for more practice. Chávez 42/6.00/1.58. Not good enough. He's still young, right? Back to Omaha. Not a very exciting prospect, I know. Still, most of these guys are not going to simultaneously suck and be overpaid, and some of them will be around for the long-awaited 2012 Plaza parade. It would be cool if we had some rioting like in Detroit or Philly.

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