The Royals are in Boston and Yuni is presumably on his way there as well, longtime Royals beat writer Bob Dutton of the Kansas City has this story in which some of Betancourt's former Mariners teammates now on the Royals - and there are plenty of them - seem happy about the deal.
But Royals fans? Well not so much. If you are looking for bitterness, anger, frustration, stunning disbelief and vitriol check out some of these links.
I went over to KC Star columnist Joe Posnanski's personal blog --- a must read. But it seems to have crashed, perhaps for the amount of words he's going to crank out demolishing this trade. I wait for it in anticipation.
The Star's fan blog Upon Further Review has this post, with this passage.
This is a head-scratcher. I don't understand -- or approve of -- this trade on any level. To me, this seems like another example of the Royals dealing for a player because of what they think he can be, rather than recognizing what he actually is
Over at Royals Review, the comment section of their post, which is growing quickly, is quite humorous to read. I love this comment.
Seriously, this is a bad dream. I'm going to wake up. I'm going to wake up. I'm going to wake up.
Royals Authority has this post
With this passage:
Can't hit, can't run, doesn't take a walk, can't play defense... Holy crap.
and this passage:
As much as I didn't like the Freel trade, this deal has me irate. How in the world the Royals could commit to a player for so long with such limited skills baffles me to no end. Of course, I say this knowing we're talking about a team that has allowed Tony Pena Jr to stick around for so long. I guess the joke is on me for being a fan and hoping that someday, this regime would understand how to build a better ball club.
And finally Royals Radio etc. has this post.
Check out the title of it.