In this edition of Players Talk, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche discusses his experience in the free agent market this offseason and the early success he's having with his new team.
Meche was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 1996 draft on the strength of his top-of-the rotation skills. However, inconsistency and frequent shoulder problems kept Meche from reaching his ace potential at the Major League level.
This offseason, Meche signed a five-year $55 million free agent contract with the Royals, raising eyebrows throughout the league in the process. However, in the first couple months of 2007, Meche has been well worth the money, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his first nine starts. Meche says he is very comfortable being the ace on the Royals staff.
"Now, it's not like I'm pitching for a contract next season. I know the amount of money I'm going to make so I can go out there and relax and just pitch," Meche said. "It's been a good experience so far being on a new team."
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