Last season the Royals disappointed once again finishing tied for fourth place in the central in another year of mediocrity. There was one ray of light at the end of the season for Kansas City though. Zack Greinke won the Cy Young award for the American League with a 16-8 record and a 2.16 era.
Fast forward to 2010.
The Royals are once again the middle of a mediocre season, and Greinke is not happy about it. He sits with a 7-11 record and a 3.99 era. He has said that he does not want to go through another rebuilding program, which we seem to be going under once again. The minor leaguers that are supposed to be amazing will come up in 2012. But since it takes a while until they can consistently compete so the Royals are supposed to be contenders in 2014.
The only problem is Greinke’s contract is up in 2012.
So what do we do to solve that problem? This will be the third full rebuilding process since Greinke has been with the team. I can see why he is frustrated. He says he loves Kansas City, but wants to win.
There are two obvious problems with trading Greinke. One would be we are trading our best player, and the brightest ray of hope since 2003. Two, he loves Kansas City, and has said earlier that he would rather lose in Kansas City then win in New York. Well who could blame him, everyone hates the Yankees,
But then again, will our Nazi owner David Glass give us enough money to extend Grienke to when we are able to contend? I would hate to see Greinke leave, but I also think he is too good of a player to be wasting his prime in last place in a weak division.
So what do we do about it?
We have already signed Yost through 2012, and he has been a big help to the performance and attitude of this team. Next year he will have the reigns through the entire year, which if they get off to a good start could impact the rest of their season. Kila Ka’aihue is showing good promise, so is Alex Gordon, Wilson Betemit and Bullington. Next year they will have some major league experience under the belts and will be ready to play. The dead weight in Guillen is gone, and I will be surprised if Bentancourt is still in KC come 2011.
With the new and improved team, I say if we want to keep Greinke after 2012, then we need to post .500 records or better in 2011 and 2012. I think this team can do it, and if Greinke stays after 2012, watch out MLB, because we are going to have some champions in KC.
But wait, isn’t the world supposed to end in 2012?