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Royals Review Radio - The Best Shape of Our Life Edition

We discuss Whit’s deal, adding relievers, and what’s wrong with free agency?

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Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Hokius are reporting for spring training, with our first full workout tomorrow (workouts are always tomorrow). In the meantime, we discuss:

  • New Royals relievers Jake Diekman and Brad Boxberger and what it means for the bullpen
  • Boy, the Reds sure were dumb to sign Homer Bailey to a $105 million deal
  • The Whit Merrifield contract
  • The state of the farm sytem
  • Why does this baseball off-season suck so much and how can we fix it?
  • What are we looking for in spring training?

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Ian Kennedy talks about possibly moving to the bullpen.

How the Royals fare in organizational rankings including this week’s updated Baseball America rankings.

Craig Edwards’ article at Fangraphs looking at the depth in organizations.

Shaun’s article arguing maybe free agency isn’t broken, but it is our expecations that are.

Hokius’ articles on how this off-season is bad for free agency and how to fix free agency.

Max’s article on moving to a performance-based model to pay players.

You can follow Max Rieper on Twitter at @maxrieper, Shaun Newkirk at @shauncore and Hokius at @hokius. Royals Review Radio is available on iTunes.