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Glass expects improvement from Royals after trades

Glass expects improvement from Royals after trades

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) David Glass was as excited as anyone with the Kansas City organization about the offseason moves that led to a revamped pitching rotation.

Now the Royals owner is ready for the changes to translate to success on the field.

Glass attended a stop on the Kansas City caravan Monday near his home in northwest Arkansas, where the Royals Double-A affiliate is located. The often-criticized Glass hasn't experienced the playoffs since becoming the team's owner in 2000. He praised general manager Dayton Moore and said the offseason trades that brought pitchers James Shields and Ervin Santana were part of Kansas City's ``overall plan.''

Shields was acquired, along with Wade Davis, from Tampa Bay in December - after posting a 15-10 mark with a 3.51 ERA last season. That followed the move a month earlier that brought Santana from the Los Angeles Angels. The combination of the two moves has Glass thinking big for this season.

``My expectation for this year is for us to be very competitive,'' Glass said. ``I think the expectation level, from talking to the players, the manager and the general manager; all of them believe that they can compete in the Central Division and that we've got a shot at winning it.''

Kansas City hasn't reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, and it hasn't had a winning season since finishing 83-80 in 2003. The Royals, whose minor league system has been praised in recent years under Moore, were 72-90 last season - their fourth straight season with an improved win total.

Moore tapped into that farm system to pry Shields away from the Rays, packaging top prospect Wil Myers in the deal. The outfielder hit .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBIs last season, and he excelled in the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City.

Glass said he expects Myers to develop into ``an All-Star player'' in the majors, but he said the move was needed to help improve a starting rotation that combined for a 5.01 ERA last season - fifth-worst in the big leagues. He also said a smaller market such as Kansas City must rely on player development and trading prospects to acquire top established players, rather than doing so in free agency.

``The whole thing was not knee jerk,'' Glass said. ``It's part of the overall plan.

``... The only thing we were really short on was starting pitching. We've got a great bullpen, so (Moore) decided now's the time to step up and dramatically improve your starting pitching and go for it, see what you can do about winning your division,'' he added.

Glass said the trade for Shields wasn't the only one the Royals discussed during the offseason in an attempt to bring in a top starting pitcher, and he said there were ``some other alternatives'' that he preferred more than Moore. However, he trusted the general manager's opinion and is hopeful the flurry of activity has invigorated both the Kansas City fan base and organization.

``We've got great fans who deserve a team that wins more than we've won,'' Glass said. ``... I think all of us believe that we're getting there.''

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Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in NFL history.

But is he the best running back for the Redskins right now?

The Redskins signed Peterson, 33 years old and a 12-year NFL veteran, to a one-year contract. They have been hit with injuries at the running back position, most notably the loss of second-round pick Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL. They didn’t make any moves when that diagnosis was announced a week and a half ago. But they lost two more backs to short-term injuries last Thursday and they decided that now is the time to go out and get somebody.

Is the need for a running back really there? Rob Kelley was the starter for the last half of the 2016 season and for seven games last year before a variety of ailments sent him to injured reserve. Samaje Perine became the starter after that and while he struggled at time he also showed growth potential.

Kelley is 25 and Perine is 22. In the absence of Guice, they could develop and when Guice returns next year the team would have a good stable of young running backs.

But now, Peterson is in the picture. We don’t yet know what his role will be, but they did not sign him to be the back who is inactive on game days. He will get some carries and that will take work away from Perine and Kelley.

Now, if Peterson is more productive than either of the two younger backs then that is a worthwhile swap. But what does he have left in the tank at age 33?

Last year, playing for the Saints and Cardinals he gained 529 yards on 156 carries, a very pedestrian average of 3.4 years per carry. That is very similar to the production of Perine, who had 175 carries for 603 yards, a 3.4 average. In his two years in the NFL, Kelley has averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

By signing Peterson, however, the Redskins are hoping that Peterson has one more big year, or at least a medium year by his standards, left in him. After all, it was just in 2015 that he led the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career as he ran for 1,485 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Redskins would be delighted if he could get half of that total.

Any free agent signing can only be evaluated when the contract details are available. We only know that it’s a one-year deal and according to some reports he did not get any money guaranteed at signing. That seems to be a team friendly deal, but we will have to see what might kick in if he is on the Week 1 roster.

As with everything else, time will tell if this move works out. If the money is right, it’s a low risk transaction with some possible upside for Washington.

Back during minicamp while talking about how quickly Alex Smith would have to get up to speed with the offense, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins are not in a rebuilding mode and that they need to win now. After the trade for Smith, the Peterson signing is another indication that patience may be wearing thin.

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries


The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.

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