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Tampa Bay Rays – At present, this looks like a committee. Jake McGee(notes) is the guy that many of...

Tampa Bay Rays – At present, this looks like a committee. Jake McGee(notes) is the guy that many of us are rooting for, because … well, because the alternative is Kyle Farnsworth(notes). Or Joel Peralta(notes). Or Juan Cruz(notes). Eventually JP Howell(notes) could claim a share of the ninth, but he's recovering from shoulder surgery and isn't likely to be ready until May. McGee has the traditional closer's arsenal (slider, mid-90s fastball), though he's also a 24-year-old lefty with only five major league innings on his resume, so he'll have some work to do this spring.

Former Royal fan favorite Brandon Duckworth is still grinding away in professional baseball. The...

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Former Royal fan favorite Brandon Duckworth is still grinding away in professional baseball. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract in January 2010 and Ducky has spent the whole season pitching for the AAA Leigh Valley IronPigs. His numbers are fine (5-4, 3.45 ERA) so who knows, maybe he will get a September call. We can only hope! Just thought some of you would like to know about this. Now if I can only track down Emil Brown . . .

Happy Birthday Bob Tufts

Former Royals pitcher Bob Tufts was born on this day, November 2, in 1955 in Medford MA. A college pitcher out of Princeton, Bob was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 1977 draft. He...

Jeremy Affeldt, Free Agent Bargain (No, Seriously)

I was kicking around drafting a post on impending free agent Jeremy Affeldt based on his surprisingly good numbers this year (in a hitter's park), but Fangraphs beat me to it. Affeldt added a couple miles per hour to his fastball and curve, which resulted in a jump in his strikeout rate and drop in his walk rate without affecting his high groundball rate. While his past struggles might keep the price down, hard throwing lefty relievers who can get righties out tend to do well on the free agent market, so he will not come dirt cheap. But paying a high-leverage reliever mid-leverage reliever money could make for a nice bargain. Relief pitching is obviously not an immediate priority for the Royals, but if the Royals are not going to spend big elsewhere, this is the type of moderate deal that makes the team better without breaking the budget. Plus, adding bullpen depth would allow the Royals to move a reliever for help in a different area of need (which the free agent market likely overvalues).

"What If"

• What if Mark Littell had thrown a different pitch to Chris Chambliss? • What if George Brett didn't have hemorrhoids? • What if John Schuerholz hadn't traded David Cone for Ed Hearn? • What if Schuerholz hadn't spent millions on Mark Davis? • What if the Royals had protected Jeff Conine in the expansion draft rather than David Howard? • What if they hadn't wasted their first-round draft pick on Colt Griffin?

Two more Jayhawks called up to the major leagues

Two former Jayhawks, Les Walrond (P - Phillies) and Travis Metcalf (3B - Rangers) were called up to the major leagues yesterday. Walrond pitched for the Royals briefly in 2003 and for the Cubs in 2006. The big left hander played first base at KU but was converted into a pitcher after he was drafted. Travis Metcalf has been up and down with the Rangers over the last two seasons. He looked good to make the opening day roster in Texas this spring before suffering a spring training injury. Coming into 2008 Metcalf held the all-time KU career homerun record with 29. Ryne Price and Erik Morrison both passed Metcalf this season. Price and Morrison are doing well after their first month of professional baseball. Morrison earned a quick promotion to High-A ball. and is now playing second base for the Bakersfield Blaze. Price is still in the Arizona Rookie League but doing very well at the plate.

Ex-Royal Randa is impressed with Moustakas

Article from KC star, i'm sure most of you have read it or seen it already, but its still pretty cool. "He got off to a slow start and is only hitting .240 or something," Randa said. "But this kid has legitimate power. I think he’s going to have big-time power when he reaches the big leagues. He’s got 12 or so home runs there, and that is not a hitters’ park or a hitters’ league." Joe was not only impressed with Mike's hitting ability, but his attitude. "He’s got such a great attitude and knows he doesn’t have it all figured out yet," Randa said. "He really works hard at all phases. When I was up there, he kept taking ground ball and ground ball, and finally I had to shut him down." "I just said, ‘Dude, that’s enough for one day.’ But he doesn’t want to quit."

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Craig Brazell doing fine in Japan

Last year Craig Brazell (1B) played for the Royals.  In 135 minor league games he hit 39 homeruns and drove in 91 RBIs.  These numbers attracted Royals fans when they were compared to Ross...

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