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Don't Call It a Comeback: Some Interesting 2010 Zack Greinke Splits

  1. xFIP: April 4.32, May 4.42, June 2.90
  2. K/9: April 7.67, May 6.51, June 7.95
  3. BB/9: April 1.99, May 1.69, June 1.26
  4. Fly Ball %: April 47.9%, May 46.0%, June 27.3%
  5. Ground Ball %: April 39.4%, May 36.3%, June 53.9%

Five Things to Remember When Suggesting a Trade

  1. Players are, in effect, properties. It isn't just about their talent, but their contracts. Would you rather buy a two bedroom house for $100,000 (David DeJesus) or a three bedroom house in the same neighborhood for $250,000 (Lance Berkman)?
  2. Even without considering his contract, Jose Guillen is close to valueless on the trade market, so don't wear yourself out thinking of trade scenarios involving him.
  3. Ditto Scott Podsednik.
  4. Along the lines of #1, prospects and pre-arbitration players are extremely valuable, and teams realize this now more than ever.
  5. It is always possible that one team, even the Royals, could blatantly rip off another, but keep in mind that Dayton Moore already runs the Royals.

My Top Five Suggested Replacements for Trey Hillman

  1. Joe Torre. Is he ready to accept the ultimate challenge and massage the Royals into winners? Because he totally could.
  2. Bobby Valentine. The roller coaster saga of Joe Posnanski's enthusiasm followed by disillusionment makes this a no-brainer.
  3. Mike Sweeney. His faith makes him the near-perfect Dayton hire. His Baird-era connection makes him the perfect 2012 scapegoat. This Grass Creek double agent deserves a reward for his outstanding work.
  4. Tony Pena, Sr. Veteran leader Jason Kendall would give him plenty of clubhouse "slug," so this wouldn't just be about unintentional comedy. Okay, yes it would.
  5. Buddy Bell. He was right about at least one thing -- it can always get worse.

Top Five Reasons to Love the Rick Ankiel Signing

  1. Ankiel combines the outfield defense of Scott Podsednik with the plate approach of Mike Jacobs.
  2. He's the best free agent pitcher Dayton Moore has signed in two years.
  3. Kansas City now holds the record for most free agent outfielders acquired in one offseason without improving on Mitch Maier,.
  4. A 30-something right fielder who has been connected with HGH and is a bit of a headcase? What could possibly go wrong?
  5. Since Rany Jazayerli really wanted the Royals to sign Ankiel, this obviously paves the way for a tearful, on-air reconciliation with Dayton on the first "Rany on the Radio" of the 2010 season.

Monthly Individual OPSes by the 2008 Royals Worse than Mike Aviles' .518 in April 2009 (non-TPJ division)

  1. Ross Gload, May: .380
  2. John Buck, August: .411
  3. Miguel Olivo, July: .445
  4. Jose Guillen, July: .446
  5. Joey Gathright, June: .479
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