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Meche retires, KC saves $12M on reliever


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“As a competitor my entire life this is the hardest decision that I’ve ever faced, but it’s not fair to me, my family or the Kansas City Royals that I attempt to pitch anymore," Meche explained. "I came into this game as a starting pitcher and unfortunately my health, more accurately, my shoulder, has deteriorated to the point where surgery would be the only option and at this stage of my life I would prefer to call it a career rather than to attempt to pitch in relief for the final year of my contract."

Meche thanked the Royals and their fans for his four seasons in Kansas City. It's not clear whether the Royals will save money because of Meche's decision, but it seems likely that it will benefit the team financially.

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Curious how much KAN is giving him. Solid move by Meche to work this out.

I would bet they worked out paying the full amount over something like 10 + years. The union would be throwing a fit if something close to the total value was not being paid out. He has probably given up a little present value in the deal. KC also would save a bunch on the medical if surgery is required. I would think getting him ready to be a regular guy will cost much less than getting him ready to pitch now.

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I would bet they worked out paying the full amount over something like 10 + years. The union would be throwing a fit if the something close to the total value was not being paid out. He has probable given up a little present value in the deal. KC also would save a bunch on the medical if surgery is required. I would think getting him ready to be a regular guy will cost much less than getting him ready to pitch now.

I'm assuming this is the case, as well.

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I know what you mean, BUT if Meche is legitimately injured, and did rehab or hung on as a reliever just to get his contract, would you consider that the wrong thing? The contact was guaranteed. It's not his fault that he got hurt or lost his effectiveness.

No, I wouldn't consider it morally wrong or even questionable if he had hung on. Those are the risks the team takes when they sign a guy. I just find it refreshing when a guy behaves as Meche has here.

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His name should be Mench, not Meche.

(For the 99% of you who don't know any Yiddish, "mench" means a gentleman or a person who behaves the right way.)

This sounds like a pickup line used the post game cocktail hour by Kevin Mench.

;)

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