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Hot Stove: Royals manager Ned Yost on Wil Myers rumors and KC’s pursuit of a starter

Posted By Alex Speier On December 3, 2012 @ 5:45 pm In General | 32 Comments

Royals manager Ned Yost suggested that outfielder Wil Myers — Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 after hitting 37 homers in Double-A and Triple-A as a 21-year-old — reminds him of a young Dale Murphy, the former Braves center fielder and two-time NL MVP. He suggested that like Murphy, Myers has 30-plus homer potential. Kansas City plans to let him compete for an everyday job in spring training.

That said, in the aftermath of reports (including from WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford) last week that had the Royals considering trade proposals that would send Myers elsewhere for a front-of-the-rotation starter such as Red Sox [1] left-hander Jon Lester [2] or Tampa Bay’s James Shields [3], Yost also acknowledged that the Royals are open to the possibility of trading top prospects for a pitcher who can anchor their starting staff.

“Absolutely,” Yost said of the possibility of trading a top prospect for a starter. “But I can give you like nine more scenarios. … We’€™re looking at all of our options. We feel like we’€™re really close to being able to compete, and we’€™re looking at every option that we can. [Royals GM Dayton Moore has] worked really hard over the last five years to fill our minor league system with tremendous prospects that we can use for situations like this. We’€™re looking at a bunch of different options. One may work out; none may work out. We’€™re just going to do what’€™s best for our organization.

“Starting pitching, can’€™t have enough of it,” he added. “I’€™d like to have as much as I can get. But at what cost? That’€™s important to me.”

For now, Yost said, he felt no need to talk to Myers about his spot in the rumor mill.

“We’€™re talking about stuff, just like all organizations are, we’€™ve been locked up in our room, going over 90 different scenarios with 40 different players,” said Yost. “They’€™re just rumors right now.”


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