Who “wins” the Royals final roster spot(s)?

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The Royals made three more roster moves yesterday in efforts to trim down their roster to 25, and will likely make a few more in the next 24 hours after they conclude their Cactus League schedule today and head north to face Omaha on Monday Night (glad they're bringing this game back)! The Royals, despite releasing OF Michael Sanders (who declined a request to go to Omaha) and P Ricky Nolasco before their Spring Training 4-4 tie yesterday, and sending down RP Kevin McCarthy after, by our count, still have 35 players in camp. We’re now just days away from Opening Day. Who wins the final roster spot battles? There’s 12 position players that are virtually locks – catchers Salvador Perez and Drew Butera, Lucas Duda, wHIT Merrifield, Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar as well as Cheslor Cuthbert and Ryan Goins and outfielders Alex Gordon, Jon Jay and Jorge Soler in addition to Paulo Orlando. Goins is a non-roster invite, so he will have to be added to the 40-man roster. He beat out Ramon [Read more...]

Chiefs busy as 2018 season opens for business

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Wednesday marked the first official day of business for the upcoming 2018 NFL season and the Chiefs made several already announced moves official, plus made a couple more. Prior to his first free agency as Chiefs GM, Brett Veach quickly recognized the team’s to do list: get younger and rid themselves of bad contracts. They traded Alex Smith while releasing Derrick Johnson, fellow Chief great Tamba Hali and safety Ron Parker and also traded Marcus Peters signaling a culture change and a desire to get younger and faster. With a young offense with limitless potential (if Patrick Mahomes is as good as everyone says), an aging defense that ranked towards the bottom of the league in every major category would do no good. They also addressed one of their biggest needs in 25 year-old LB Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson. At $45 million for the next five years, it would seem extensive, but a closer look at the contract shows it’s really a two-year deal (both ‘18 and ‘19 salaries are [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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With the combine over, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. They've already traded Alex Smith and Marcus Peters for three draft picks and slot corner Kyle Fuller. Chiefs greats Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, along with safety Ron Parker, were salary cap casualties. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Kingdom Connection, we're taking our first dart-board shot at mocking the 2018 Chiefs Draft. Round 1 Brandon: No picks barring unforeseen crazy trade. Don't anticipate it. Devereaux: Same. Round 2, pick 22 Brandon: Edge rusher Ogbonnia Okornkwo (Oklahoma) O2, as I like to call him, would have an instant impact for Chiefs. He brings heat from the edge and gives much-needed pass rush help to Justin Houston. Devereaux: S Kyzir White (West Virginia) The Chiefs need a starting strong safety opposite Eric Berry, especially someone who plays the run better than the man he’s replacing, Ron Parker. Round 3, pick 14 Brandon: CB Levi [Read more...]

Cheap Free Agent targets for Chiefs

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As the new NFL year nears, the league’s 32 teams are preparing in quest of a championship. Retooling rosters, scouting veteran free agents and the upcoming rookie class through the Scouting Combine, and making changes to coaching staffs. Coming off consecutive AFC West titles, the Kansas City Chiefs head into 2018 a much different team than last season. While it’s good to never be complacent in your standing in the league, they are slowly taking on a new look. Trades of veteran QB Alex Smith, who has started for them since 2013, and stud cornerback Marcus Peters, signal a new era. The potential of this franchise will ride heavily on the arm of Patrick Mahomes, but the rest of the roster will be essential in carrying the young gun. Over the last couple seasons, the Chiefs roster has lost depth despite riding dangerously close to the salary cap. The inability to add key defenders, along with those cap problems, helped lead to the departure of general manager John Dorsey. Now it will be [Read more...]

The Royals all-time 25-man roster

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The Royals are set to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Part of that process is releasing the 50 greatest Royals, as voted on by the fans. This is perfect timing for an update to our All-time 25-man roster. Originally published in 2014, here's what it looks like as the franchise turns 50. First, a look at the ground rules: to qualify, a player had to play a minimum of four seasons in Kansas City. Enjoy. C Salvador Perez (2011-current) Perez, in seven seasons, is already a five-time All-Star (five straight appearances) and became the first position player to start the Mid-Summer Classic since Jermaine Dye in 2000 in 2014. He joined three other Royals (two which are on this roster) – Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain – as the first players to get voted in by the fans since Dye (who was the first since Bo Jackson) in 2015. He is the best defensive catcher to ever wear a Royals uniform, hands down. He already owns four Gold Gloves and the Royals catcher record with 23 [Read more...]

Remembering the Eric Hosmer legacy

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Spring Training games started today down in Arizona (Royals beat the Dodgers 8-4) and it’s really settling in that Eric Hosmer wont be in a Royals uniform. It’s been a week since the details emerged on Eric Hosmer selecting the San Diego Padres as his next team. Leaving Kansas City was expected, but San Diego? Hosmer will earn $105 million over the first five years of the contract, and $39 over the final three years, if he does not opt out after year 5. That’s an average of $18M per year over eight years. Did the Royals get outbid by the Dads? A rumor surfaced last month that the Royals had offered Hosmer $140 million over seven years. While I don’t believe that was a real offer, and probably more of someone in the Hosmer camp “leaking it,” DM Dayton Moore did say they offered him more money than any other player in franchise history. While vague, a rumor today indicated it was a 5-year deal worth $100M. Drafted No. 3 overall in 2008, Hosmer represented a new wave of talent when he [Read more...]

As the Chiefs move on from DJ, let us remember his legacy

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13 seasons 1,262 tackles 182 games 40 quarterback pressures 27.5 sacks 23 forced fumbles 14 interceptions pic.twitter.com/AGc8QgZeQV — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 13, 2018 As Free Agency looms for the NFL’s 32 teams, some are already making decisions about their roster. The Raiders are cutting Sebastian Janakowksi, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 2001. The 49ers resigned center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension. Kansas City is also one of those teams. Already moving on from Alex Smith, and there's a good chance Tamba Hali's day in KC are also over, Derrick Johnson, the leader of the defense since he took the field in 2005, will become a free agent on March 14. The linebacker has embodied everything that has made up a long line of excellent Kansas City linebackers. The 1,154 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 14 interceptions – four of which were returned for touchdowns, 40 QB pressures, 23 forced fumbles and 8 fumble recoveries in 182 games hardly [Read more...]

Let us appreciate Alex Smith

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The Eagles and Patriots may be playing in the Super Bowl, and Alex Smith beat them both in the first two weeks of the season. After bowing out in the playoffs, as usual, the Chiefs provided a big headline Wednesday night, trading Smith to the Washington Redskins for a 2018 3rd round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith has also agreed in principle to a 4-year, $94 million deal with $71 million guaranteed. The trade is expected to be finalized, but can't become official until the new league year begins on March 14. I do doubt that the Skins feeling about Smith will change between now and then, however. Both teams are saving money. The Redskins, who would have paid Kirk Cousins $34M next year if they elected to franchise him, are paying Smith half of that (although there is a rumor that they will franchise tag him and then trade him). Smith leaves behind a resurgent franchise that was downtrodden and quarterback-deficient when Andy Reid and John Dorsey gained his services in 2013. [Read more...]

All Aboard the LoCain Memory Train

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We all knew it was coming – the break-up of the core – was coming. We knew Lorenzo Cain was going to play in a different uniform. Thursday, it became a reality when Cain inked a 5-year, $80 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, just hours after they traded four minor leaguers for Christian Yelich. I’m glad he’s getting paid. I’m also glad it’s not the Royals doing it. On the wrong side of 30, Cain is a late bloomer that still has a lot left in the tank after slashing .300/.363/.440 with 15 HR and 26 SB (28 attempts) in 2017 while playing a career-best 155 games. He’s a career .290/.342/.421 hitter, including .289/.342/.421 in Kansas City. He was an All-Star starter in 2015 in his only All-Star appearance, where he finished third in the AL MVP voting while posting career-high’s with a .307/.361/.477 line, in HR (16), RBI (72), doubles (34), triples (6), SB (28) and OPS (.838). He criminally never won a Gold Glove, despite being an elite in the field. Cain, like Mike Moustakas [Read more...]

What’s next for the Chiefs?

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The Chiefs season came to a familiar end, losing in the playoffs...at home. Leading 21-3 at the half, the offense ran just 21 second-half plays and witnessed the Tennessee Titans score 19 unanswered points to win 22-21. Same song, different year. Despite boasting the NFL's rushing leader, Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs gave him only 11 carries, and five in the second half. Andy Reid said afterwards that was because of their usage of RPO's and the Titans defense percolated more passes than runs. Tight end Travis Kelce left the game late in the second quarter after suffering a concussion, but any attempt to use his absence as an excuse for the offensive collapse is a bad one. The Chiefs ended that very drive with a touchdown, and the Chiefs have played this year without Kelce. The Chiefs defense, after four weeks of seemingly figuring themselves out, stunk against the run (156 yards by Derrick Henry, 201 total) and could not get off the field, especially on third and long. The Chiefs did [Read more...]