Great piece by Posnanski on how the one advantage teams like the Pirates and Royals may have over the Red Sox and Yankees of the world is that they don't necessarily need to win now, and that lets them take the time to develop people instead of constantly trying to add that last piece or not having time to get extended looks at prospects. I follow the Royals mainly through Pos' great posts on them, and it seems like they're taking a Dave Littlefield approach to things. They're mixing in guys that have no chance of being part of the future in a half-assed attempt to win now, and they do this with a negative effect on getting to see which of their prospects are legit or not while still not actually winning.
I think this is just something to remember when we consider the Charlie Mortons and Jeff Clements and Lastings Milledges of the world, and their early season struggles. Granted, bumping these guys down to take longer looks at Pedro, Jose and Brad is a lot better than giving playing time to Jose Guillen, Scotty Pods and Jason Kendall, but you're still not being 100% sure with what you have. I'm not saying who are the right or wrong guys to play, but I at least appreciate Huntington's plan to clear out fan favorite veterans who had no chance of being part of the future to take a look at as many young guys as possible.
That being said, Akinori Iwamura needs to go, and no matter how well Ryan Church is playing, he probably shouldn't be logging too many at-bats, at least once the Bucs are officially out of it.