Going into the off-season there were nine players who declined their qualifying offers–thus forcing any prospective team without a protected first-round pick to surrender their draft choice as compensation.
Of those nine players, two re-signed with their former teams (David Ortiz and Hiroki Kuroda), two signed with teams with low-seed picks (Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton), and one signed with a protected pick (Nick Swisher).
And then there were four: including center fielder Michael Bourn. Continue reading
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Only a few things arouse true baseball fans more than a deserving blocked prospect finally getting a chance in the Major Leagues. That’s why the Kansas City Royals decision to hand Kila Ka’aihue the starting first-base job during Spring Training this season was such a dream come true. As bittersweet as it may seem, fans everywhere yearned for the countless Chris Berman outbursts of “And Kila kilas that ball!” But while Ka’aihue got his much-deserved opportunity, it slipped through his fingers almost as soon as he got it.
Ka’aihue posted a meager .195/.295/.317 line with 2 homeruns, 6 RBI, and 6 runs in 96 plate appearances for the Royals this season. Considering the Hawaiian owned a lethal .284/.419/.503 career line in 1,378 plate appearances at Triple-A, his offering in the show was very disappointing to say at least. As a reminder, this was the same guy who swatted 37 homeruns and owned a .314/.456/.628 line in 515 plate appearances between Double/Triple-A in 2008. Surely 96 plate appearances in the bigs is too small of a sample size to completely give-up on a hitter who has exhibited such an electric bat. Continue reading
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Most baseball players who are seven-year veterans aren’t twenty-six years old. Yet B.J. Upton is. Upton has been in the show since he was nineteen years old. He’s also played five different positions during that span–including shortstop, second base, third base, left-field (just one game) and now center-field. Many people, the Tampa Bay Rays included, have questioned his concentration, yet no one has ever undermined his talent. This is why the recent trade rumors revolving around Upton are so interesting. How much is a power/speed-threat with a dynamite glove, who, even at a tender age, is technically a seasoned veteran, worth? The answer should be, “A lot.” Continue reading
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