Tavish wrote:MaudDib wrote:Sign a Garza or Oswalt or Jackson and let the young guys learn from the veterans. Signing a couple SP doesn't shorten the window or opportunity, it could actually increase it. By signing a couple guys you allow the pitchers to develop and not be pushed which keeps them in the minors longer and pushes there window back.
There is a big difference between signing a guy like Jackson and trading for a guy like Garza. Any frontline starter the Royals could acquire via trade is going to cost two or more of their key prospects. The team has plenty of options for the rotation that isn't going to force any of the prospects to the majors. It will be the prospects themselves that will force the move. Signing Jackson or Oswalt wouldn't be nearly as bad of an idea, but I don't see either being worth the type of money or years that are going to be thrown at them. I would rather give the current group a chance to develop another season and take a shot at one of the frontline starters next offseason.
And just to be realistic, the Royals are still a team that finished 20+ games behind the Tigers last season. And that was with career seasons from Gordon, Melky, and Francouer. Escobar is 24 years old with 2 full seasons at the major league level and will be the oldest and most seasoned starting infielder for the team. Gordon and Francouer were the only two Royals starters who were even alive (both were 1 year old) when Orta easily beat out Clark's throw in the I-70 World Series. The team has a ton of potential, but they are a lot further away from being a real contender than just adding a couple of starters.