In my modest opinion, I don't think that this deal was a good one for Kansas City, though it will be worth it this season since the contract will be backloaded. I am not a fan of Jeremy Guthrie, though I can see why the Royals would want to invest in the righty, as he performed well after being acquired for LHP Jonathan Sanchez from the Rockies. He has a career record of 55-77 and a 4.28 ERA in pitchers parks. He has had an interesting career, and has a reputation as an "innings eater". The 33-year old has pitched in hitter's parks his entire career, and could have room for improvement in a more fair park. Chances are the Royals offered a large sum of money to a back-end of the rotation starter, Gil Meche anyone?