Anonymous said... I promise I did all the necessary background work before posting my response. Google News searches for Chin-hui Tsao produced no hits of significance, and he was still listed as an LA Dodger by every major baseball site that didn't list him as a Colorado Rockie.
Well... he's a Royal. It was announced stateside at 1:06 p.m. ET, or about 11 hours after "Anonymous" -- writing from Taiwan? -- somehow got hold of this news.
So to Anonymous, please allow me this revised comment: Chin-hui Tsao has the potential to be a very good asset for the Royals. My hope is that his signing becomes one of those under-the-radar winter moves no one pays attention to until mid-summer when the guy's established in the bullpen and creating a stir among beat reporters who love back-from-injury feel-good stories. Tsao was a tremendous prospect a few years ago with the Rockies before he underwent rotator cuff surgery, and as with all pitchers who once showed potential, he gives us reason to hope for a return to form. He was the first Taiwanese pitcher to play in the big leagues, so an entire island-nation/not-nation knows his name and profile very well. Bottom line: call me an optimist, but I think his future is bright.