Yes, the sky is falling. 17-10 is the new 18-11. Olympus has fallen. Release the Kraken. Etc, etc, etc.
That being said, it is the perfect time for the small market, underspending Kansas City Royals to start negotiating some contract extensions. The Royals are sitting at the "brink of relevance" table in the casino for the first time in almost 30 years. It's time to pick up the chips and head back to the penny slots, or push all in.
Most fans are calling for the head of Mike Moustakas right now, and are less than pleased with one Eric Hosmer's "power" numbers. This is completely justified. Both are high picks that the organization has planned as cornerstones of the new Kansas City Royals. We expect more from them, and we should. But this could be just the opportunity that the team needs to extend the potential window of contention from a few years into a decade - if management is bold enough to double down on the (so-far) less than dynamic duo.
The reality is the Royals have acted as a farm club for big-spending MLB teams for the past 20 years. Just as soon as the Johnny Damons and the Carlos Beltrans developed into legitimate players, we were outbid by serious contenders. The best they could hope for was to find some Raul Ibanez types from the scrap heap and hope to catch lightning in a bottle to keep fans interested - hopefully at least until the All-Star Break. While the economic environment has improved some versus the darkest years, the Royals are still in a position where they have to take chances that large-market clubs don't. That's where extensions come into play...
If the Royals believe in the process, if they believe in their ability to evaluate and develop talent, if they believe that they got to this place at the brink of relevance legitimately - it is time to move boldly. While their leverage is at its greatest, sign Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to long-term contracts. Push all in. This is as cheap as they will come and the Yankees and Dodgers can't currently snatch them away.
If Moose continues to hit little league pop ups, and Hosmer continues to be the singles king, the organization will have failed miserably. But if the pair fulfill their potential, it could be the greatest move the franchise has ever made.