Spending money certainly isn't a bad thing for the Royals, I don't think anybody is saying that, but the thing is, there are just so many better ways to spend this money (why weren't they in on the bidding for Burnett last year? That was the same contract.). Gil Meche has been a mediocre pitcher his entire career, and just because he's 28 with a high fastball (basically the only guy with the same combo of youth+speed in the market this year), it doesn't mean he's suddenly going to drop his ERA below 4, or be any better than he has done in the past. The fact of the matter is his ERA+ was only 97 last year, in the best year of his career. That's the definition of mediocre. As a Jays fan, I was ready to call it a terrible deal if it was anywhere over 4 years/32M. He's actually a worse pitcher than Ted Lilly (and many of you know how I feel about his mediocrity), but received far more than he did.. The Royals actually offered the guy 15M more than anybody else did. It would be understandable to actually bid like this for somebody good, somebody you atleast know will be a good pitcher/hitter for you, but Meche is not that sure thing, he's not even close.