David Samson

Three up, three down: Pardon the Royals for wishing on a wild card

Three up, three down: Pardon the Royals for wishing on a wild card

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Royal way: Fantasy leagues and the statistical revolution have generated tremendous interest in baseball, but they also have led to the disturbing trend in which transactions are covered with more depth than actual games. The rush to classify teams as “buyers” and “sellers” has led to criticism of the Kansas City Royals for not breaking apart a team with pending free agents Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Jason Vargas. Heaven forbid the Royals “play to win” in 2017 rather than “collect controllable assets” for future years. The Royals’ best hope might be a...

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