Sam Mellinger

On Eric Fisher, a new friendship, and how the Chiefs’ past is helping its future

The similarities between former Chiefs offensive lineman John Alt and last year’s top overall draft pick Eric Fisher are striking. Two tall, athletic, raw prospects taken in the first round. Both relatively new to the position. Both with a lot of learning to do, and even more potential.

Sam Mellinger

The Royals missed their dream offseason but gave themselves a good reality

There is a lot to like from the Royals’ offseason, and not just because it comes after making it all the way to the World Series. The Royals had five goals during the offseason, and they scratched each one of their list with the final one coming Wednesday when they agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Sam Mellinger

Alex Rios a fine consolation prize, but Royals’ chances still hinge on core players

Alex Rios is a fine player to plug a gap in right field for one year, which is a wise financial move for the Royals, but he won’t change the formula for success in 2015: Next season is going to be more about Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, among others, taking steps forward, than Rios and Kendrys Morales.

Sam Mellinger

Kendrys Morales headed to the Royals, and that better not be all

If the Royals are correct, they have just signed a highly motivated, switch-hitting slugger who in each of his last three full seasons hit more home runs than any Royal did last season. If they aren’t, they are wasting a lot of money for an older and inferior designated hitter and still need to make another move that would be a cause for a celebration.

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