“I came into the Royals’ locker room [in Surprise] and I heard some players talking to [Salvador] Perez. They were asking him, ‘Was it seven for five? Seven for five?’ ”
Soren Petro, intimating that some of Perez’s Royals’ teammates may have been questioning the logic in signing a long-term contract that pays him only $7 million over the first five years, 810 AM
GH: The Royals have locked up their 21-year-old catcher for the next eight years at a very reasonable price. How could anyone think this is a bad deal? If the message being sent to the rest of the Royals’ young talent is that the Royals will try to get you to sign cheap or worse — they are cheap, that is not good. Read on.
“Royals contract with Perez. Moore GM of Year, should go to jail for that swindle, no buyouts, 2 yrs and free agency lost? Perez gained so little for giving up that free agency it’s mind blowing. Agent should never get another client, I’d fire him fast.”
Danny Clinkscale, @dcwhb, Twitter
GH: Clink and Petro were on Kietzman’s show Tuesday and they both agreed that the Royals pretty much stole Perez for cents on the dollar. Kietzman, though, was not convinced. Read on.
“[Sal Perez] and his family are now one of the richest people in his country. Where is he from?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Perez is a native of Venezuela, a country of 28 million people. While his new contract may make him one of his country’s richer people, you have to wonder how much he left on the table there in Surprise.
“You can’t find a catcher that has his athleticism, his ability to play defense at a high premium on a major league level. You’re not going to find a kid who has the ability to swing the bat like he does. And more impressive than anything else is his leadership skills and his ability to call a game. He’s the total package.”
Ned Yost, YahooSports.com
GH: Yost is calling Perez the best catching prospect he has ever seen. Yost has been in MLB for 40 years.
“I get a bird in the hand, but in my thinking [Perez] got feathers!”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
“I don’t know why more young players don’t do this.
Kevin Kietzman, on Perez signing a long-term contract with the Royals, 810 AM
GH: There is risk on both sides when a young player signs a long-term multi-million dollar contract. The money is guaranteed, so Perez has no concerns now about injury or even poor play. He will get paid that $7 million no matter what. But if he produces even close to what the Royals project, he could become a bitter holdout in just a few years.
In business you need to pay people what they are worth. Problems occur when you
“No, I don’t think anybody expected that – and if they did they were probably lying.”
Robert Ford, Royals pre- and postgame host for 610 Sports, when asked if he expected the Royals announcement to be that they had signed 21-year-old Sal Perez to a long-term contract, 610 AM
GH: Not so fast, Robert. Just before the press conference I heard Kietzman speculate strongly that he thought the Royals announcement might involve signing their young catcher to a long-term contract. KK also spent some time last week discussing how important Perez is to the Royals’ future. I would say Kietzman not only had this one right, he had this one early.
“Bury me a Royal.”
Danny Duffy, @dduffkc23, in a tweet Tuesday night from the Royals young pitcher, Twitter
GH: It appears that Perez’s signing for under his market value did not affect Duffy’s attitude toward the Royals – accept maybe in a positive way.
“We have players loving this organization now that we haven’t seen since the days of Mr. K.”
Bob Fescoe, reacting to Duffy’s tweet, 610 AM
GH: We all like to remember the Ewing Kauffman years as the halcyon days of baseball here in Kansas City. While the play on the field was of championship quality, the players didn’t always think that highly of the Royals or even Mr. K. George Brett had some very public contract squabbles with the Royals during his time. Frank White and Hal McRae probably will not be asking to be buried a Royal. Sometimes history looks much better
when viewed from afar.
“Before the [Mizzou] team tips off against Iowa State, [Kim] English hopes there’s one thing that won’t happen during the senior night festivities. ‘I just hope I don’t cry. That would be embarrassing. DeMarre (Carroll) cried like a baby,’ English said. ‘I just pray that I do not cry.’ ”
Amy Backes, writer, Missourian
GH: Here is something that will make a lot of Missouri fans cry – a third straight loss tonight by the Tigers. Iowa State comes into Mizzou Arena tonight with a chance to finish second in the Big 12. The KU game last Saturday was a big one for MU but tonight’s game is all the more important when you consider the Tigers’ late-season slide last year. A win tonight squashes that momentum. A loss though would bring back some ugly
“How about giving some credit to Freddy Hoiberg [at Iowa State]? For national coach of the year the Big 12 has Bill Self and Frank Haith, but Fred Hoiberg ought to be in that conversation.”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: Iowa State has a chance to finish 13-5 in Hoiberg’s second season as a coach. If he does, he deserves to be just as highly touted as Bill Self when it comes to COTY honors. I think Faith lost his chance when his already-made club blew a 19-point lead in Lawrence.
“Which would [Missouri fans] rather accomplish – beat Kansas and win the Big 12 Tournament in their last year in the Big 12 or make the Final Four? I think it’s going to be about 60-40. I don’t think it’s going to be as overwhelming as you think.”
Danny Parkins, on a text-line poll of his Missouri listeners, 610 AM
GH: I didn’t stick around to hear the results of Parkins’ poll because I didn’t need to. Danny shows his inexperience with the local sports culture when he dives into areas as obvious as this. Mizzou Nation craves a Final Four appearance more than they do Casey’s pizza, cheap smokes, billboard porn and even a Kansas loss.
“I don’t think Missouri is entitled to any moral superiority here. It was Missouri’s action that led to the demise of the [KU/MU] rivalry. There’s no other way to spin this.”
Mike DeCourcy, on Wednesday’s Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Obviously, there are many other ways to spin this. What floored me while listening to DeCourcy rant about a subject he is not well versed is that Steven St. John, aka MU Rock, allowed DeCourcy to spout almost unchallenged. Read on.
“Before this season, [Doc] Sadler and Kansas coach Bill Self talked about starting a series between the schools beginning next year. It would always be a road game for NU, but some games would be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. … So Kansas won’t play Missouri again but will consider Nebraska? Yes. Just because. Now that’s a real rivalry.”
Tom Shatel, columnist, Omaha World Herald
GH: SSJ made this point to DeCourcy and asked him how KU could justify playing Big 10 Nebraska but not SEC MU. Read on.
“I think it’s a different deal [in Kansas talking to Nebraska about playing basketball games in the future]. When Nebraska left the league was not in peril. … I think there’s some logic to [Kansas playing Nebraska].”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: SSJ answered this ridiculous and porous response from DeCourcy with silence. SILENCE! I wanted SSJ to jump through his microphone ripping DeCourcy’s lack of logic to shreds. But nope, silence. The Big 12 wasn’t put “in peril” by Nebraska bolting??? On what planet has DeCourcy been observing these conference realignment proceedings? There is some “logic” to scheduling Nebraska but not MU? SSJ, you let your Tigers down, man.
“A&M fans send Frank Martin home with a signed giant cutout of his head that reads: ‘To the craziest coach in the Big 12. We will miss you.’ ”
Kellis Robinett, @KellisRobinett, KSU beat writer, Twitter
GH: Franks’ son models the head shot in the photo to the left. Why couldn’t more schools have handled this conference realignment business more like the A&M fans treated Martin and K-State? It really didn’t have to be as ugly as so many fans and schools have made it out to be.
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