Kansas City - Sources close to the Kansas City Royals have told Royals Review that the team will sign Jose Cano to a one year contract, with a mutual option for 2012. Royal scouts were extremely expressed with Cano's performance Monday night. The elder Cano, 49, pitched in six games for the 1989 Astros.
Despite allowing home run after home run Monday night, the Royals believe Cano has the stuff to turn the corner.
"Stats tell you what happened," said General Manager Dayton Moore, "they don't have you what's going to happen."
The Royals believe that Cano is ready to start Friday, and is possibly the team's "number two or number three starter at this point," according manager Ned Yost.
Yost saw "real life in his pitches. He throws like his hair's on fire."
Although Cano was hit hard repeatedly, the Royals are encouraged by his determination.
"Baseball's a game of failure, I don't see home runs, I see a guy who get grabbing the ball and saying 'I'm ready to get the next guy out.'"
Unnamed sources informed Royals Review that there was little dissent inside the organization that Cano could help them. However, a 22 year old intern has been fired after looking askance at the team's scouting director after Cano allowed his 20th home run.
"Baseball's played on the field. If you want to come at me with numbers, you better be doing my taxes," said Moore. "A tool showed once is a tool owned forever."