• Michael Urriola

    I agree with all your predictions accept, number 6 Greg Holland, becoming the closer. I just can’t see it, but other than that great article.

  • Tom Backus

    The way I see it, it will go one of two ways:

    Scenario 1: Broxton has regained his stuff and closes out maybe 15-18 games for KC in the first half of the season. Holland has 3-4 saves. Broxton is then traded at the deadline, Holland becomes closer.

    Scenario 2: Broxton bombs, Holland is closer. Francouer takes Broxton on another hunting trip and loses him, Sopranos’ style.

    Then again, all this could be different if Kelvin Herrera gets the opportunity.

  • http://travis.pflanz.me Travis Pflanz

    I think the closer role is Broxton’s to lose. That being said, if the Royals are not in contention at the deadline, he is definitely gone.

    Butler to hit 25HRs? Doubt it. I know this isn’t popular, but I think the Royals would be a better team if they never resigned Billy Butler. He has reached his ceiling, and that ceiling is not too great all-around. Especially being a complete liability on the basepaths.
    I’ve been watching Sanchez for years, and that’s just it… He and Hochevar are a lot alike. One game they look like the best pitcher in the league, then the next, they leave you wondering how the hell they even have a job in a MLB rotation.
    I agree, I don’t see the Royals contending in 2012.
  • Tom Backus

    I think Butler gets a bad rap. He’s a solid player, just not a great one. But then again, he is only entering his age-26 season. I really think we will see more from him, starting this year. Butler (in my mind) compares to Mike Sweeney in a lot of regards. Sweeney hit more HR simply because he was more of a flyball hitter than Butler has ever been. Sweeney was also a tick better with plate discipline and overall probably a tick better. Sweeney should also be the example/warning when it comes to Butler’s next contract. The Royals forked over 11M per year for Sweeney’s Age 29-33 seasons. Butler’s salary will be 8M per year for his age 26-28 years with a team option of 12.5M for age 29. Personally, I think by then, the Royals will decline because Moose will be moving to DH and Cuthbert will man the hot corner.In reality, I don’t mind what we pay Butler, it’s not extreme, not it a world where Clint Barmes is making 5.5M a year or Jason Kendall was given 3M. Or team decide to commit 20-25M a year to sluggers AFTER they turn 32 (See Pujols, Fielder, Votto)