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redsfan4445
08-25-2007, 03:44 PM
per mlbtraderumors.com
"Royals Considering Re-Signing Sweeney

The Royals are considering re-signing designated hitter and former face of the franchise Mike Sweeney for 2008. Sweeney, one of baseball's nice guys, had this to say:

"I think this team is going to turn into a winning team real soon, and I definitely want to be here when it happens. Next year, rather than being tagged with being the $11 million man, Iíll be the guy who is getting $11 over the minimum."

If his back will allow it, Sweeney might try to play another couple of seasons in hopes of reaching the playoffs as a Royal. He tried yoga last winter and had the usual quotes about feeling great. In May he even talked about moving back behind the plate for '08. But he was again sidelined, this time with a knee injury that required surgery.

The Royals may try to eke a little bit of defensive value out of young Billy Butler by using him at first base next year. That'd allow them to sign Sweeney for half a million bucks or so. It's not like Butler would be putting in 150 games at first anyway; even 100 healthy games from Sweeney would be a surprise. There's a myth that Sweeney hits when he's out there, but a .252/.329/.423 line in 421 ABs since the start of '06 says otherwise. The average DH is hitting .264/.350/.433 this year. If the Royals retain Sweeney, it'd be purely for his clubhouse qualities. They could easily find a DH to match Sweeney, even by calling up their own free talent guy in Craig Brazell.

Bob Dutton's article notes that the Royals have a good $30MM to burn this winter, but want to focus on adding a starting pitcher. Here's another look at the list. There are a number of interesting plays the Royals should consider - Freddy Garcia, Matt Clement, Bartolo Colon, Kyle Lohse, and even Curt Schilling (if he'd do Tampa Bay, why not KC.) If they're looking to go young as they did with Gil Meche, I could see Lohse or Carlos Silva on a somewhat overpriced three or four-year deal. Yeah...I think Silva's getting four years. And Lohse is represented by Scott Boras."




If KC can afford Sweeney who hasn't stayed healthy in a very long time for 11 million, why would the Reds say that cant affford Dunn who never gets hurt for 13 million?? Just curious if this is the case with Bob refusing to comment on Dunns option

Patrick Bateman
08-25-2007, 03:48 PM
Well the Royals can't afford an injured Sweeney at 11M. They are looking to bring him back at a very reduced price.

redsfan4445
08-25-2007, 03:54 PM
what i meant to say is if the royals can pay him that much for a season he cant stay healthy and also can afford Meche's contract thats alot of money.. where the Reds can afford Dunn.. i cant see them let him walk for nothing... If i was the reds talk him into playing 1st.. trade Votto and Edwin that leaves a spot for Keppinger at 3rd, and get a decent LF if they are not ready for Bruce..

PuffyPig
08-25-2007, 05:00 PM
... If i was the reds talk him into playing 1st.. trade Votto and Edwin that leaves a spot for Keppinger at 3rd, and get a decent LF if they are not ready for Bruce..

Trading low cost players (with potential) is not the way for small to mid-market teams to build a winner.

mth123
08-25-2007, 05:06 PM
Trading low cost players (with potential) is not the way for small to mid-market teams to build a winner.

It is if you can get a low cost players with potential at a more urgent area of need. Minnesota has an urgent need for low cost offense and an abundence of low cost pitching. With WK's ties to MIN, its a match made in heaven.

I agree, we don't trade these guys (EE and/or Votto) for some 30 something middle reliever. But Matt Garza or Kevin Slowey would interest me

jojo
08-25-2007, 05:28 PM
It is if you can get a low cost players with potential at a more urgent area of need. Minnesota has an urgent need for low cost offense and an abundence of low cost pitching. With WK's ties to MIN, its a match made in heaven.

I agree, we don't trade these guys (EE and/or Votto) for some 30 something middle reliever. But Matt Garza or Kevin Slowey would interest me

Yep. But Garza and Slowey are there to replace Silva and Santana. I'm thinking it's going to take something pretty attractive to get the Twins to trade their better rotation prospects this off season.

mth123
08-25-2007, 05:43 PM
Yep. But Garza and Slowey are there to replace Silva and Santana. I'm thinking it's going to take something pretty attractive to get the Twins to trade their better rotation prospects this off season.

I really doubt they'll trade Garza. They still have Bonser, Baker and some other younger guys like Swarzak, Perkins, Sosa, etc. and Liriano will be back. I'm also not convinced tha they'll let Santana go. They have money from Hunter and the vet stopgaps they've been paying (Silva, Ramon Ortiz, etc.). The plan could easily be to get young offense to replace Hunter's production and use the money to lock-up Santana. They could also save in the pen. They have a lot of depth to backfill for Nathan. I think they could trade Slowey for a bat but maybe not. Its just a for instance. If a deal like that can't be worked out, then keep EE and Votto of course.

jojo
08-25-2007, 09:39 PM
I really doubt they'll trade Garza. They still have Bonser, Baker and some other younger guys like Swarzak, Perkins, Sosa, etc. and Liriano will be back. I'm also not convinced tha they'll let Santana go. They have money from Hunter and the vet stopgaps they've been paying (Silva, Ramon Ortiz, etc.). The plan could easily be to get young offense to replace Hunter's production and use the money to lock-up Santana. They could also save in the pen. They have a lot of depth to backfill for Nathan. I think they could trade Slowey for a bat but maybe not. Its just a for instance. If a deal like that can't be worked out, then keep EE and Votto of course.

Truthfully, I'd be hard pressed to argue my for instance was more likely than your for instance.