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Brandon Finnegan says Royals ‘kind of screwed me over’

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan played a key role in last year’s American League Wild Card Game.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan played a key role in last year’s American League Wild Card Game. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Brandon Finnegan had a magical year in 2014.

College World Series with TCU. First-round draft pick by the Royals. Late-season call-up. Key contributor to the American League champions.

But 2015 hasn’t been quite as kind.

Finnegan bounced between the minors and the majors this season and spent time as a reliever and a starter. That was before he was traded to the Reds in the deal that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals.

In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal (where he is with the Reds’ Class AAA team), Finnegan said:

“The Royals kind of screwed me over this year. I wouldn’t have done what I did if it wasn’t for them last year. But you could tell they just didn’t have a clue what to do with me.”

Harsh language, right?

Finnegan attempted to clarify his remarks on Twitter:

Finnegan said he was misquoted:

However, the reporter who wrote the story, Jonathan Lintner, contacted The Star and said the quote is exactly as Finnegan said it.

Lintner also tweeted this:

Later on Monday, Finnegan said he wasn’t misquoted:

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