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Walter White Does Not Approve Of The Royals

Remember the argument that the Braves needed to keep Jeff Francoeur because he was a great guy to have in the clubhouse? Let's ask Rany Jazayerli how that's working out for the Royals:

Or maybe – just maybe – chemistry really doesn’t matter all that much. Maybe what really matters is talent. Maybe employing fantastic human beings like Jeff Francoeur and Bruce Chen makes great sense when Francoeur has 71 extra-base hits, and Chen leads the rotation in wins and ERA – and it makes terrible sense when Francoeur is batting .244/.285/.382, and Chen has the second-worst ERA (5.56) of any AL qualifier.

Maybe giving two-year deals to veteran players with a spotty track record of performance, largely because of their winning personalities, leads to the predicament the Royals are in right now, where they owe $12 million next season to two players who, if they weren’t already under contract, would be lucky to get more than an invite to spring training.

Read the whole thing for a terrific explanation of why chemistry is overrated.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.