Mar 30

Opening Day Countdown: SEVEN

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason.  Today, there are 7 days left until Opening Day on April 6.

The roster has been finalized. Here are 7 slots that I think will change before the All-Star Break (in no particular order):

1) Louis Coleman will be back in the Majors. This one is easy. Things happen to relievers all the time, and the road between Kansas City and Omaha is short. Someone will have some soreness, or develop a case of crappy pitcheritis, or whatever. Coleman ought not be in Omaha for long.

2) One of the catchers will depart. Obvious, again, because Salvador Perez will come back and–

DROP EVERYTHING. The Royals just announced they have extended Alex Gordon. This is the very best news.


–anyway, Perez will come back and, barring some kind of freak MVP performance, Humberto Quintero will go somewhere else.

3) Tim Collins will make at least one appearance in Omaha. Self-explanatory.

4) Giavotella will take his rightful place in the KC infield.

5) Kevin Kouzmanoff will no longer be a Royal. May 1st will pass, he will still be in Omaha, and he will elect to go elsewhere, per the clause in his contract.

6) Jake Odorizzi will advance to AAA.

7) Felipe Paulino will join the starting rotation. (Wow, look how optimistic I became in the moments since starting this list. The Alex Gordon extension makes everything so sunny!)


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