Royals Rumblings - New for November 14, 2014
The Royals know they need to rest Salvador Perez more, but they just can't help themselves!
"Salvy wants to play every day," Moore said. "Having him behind the plate put our best team on the field. That’s what we were trying to do. But I think going forward we’ve got to look for some opportunities to get him a little more in balance."
Jon Morosi writes how the love of the game fueled Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, and Jeremy Guthrie to take the trip to Japan to play with the MLB All-Stars.
Players are paid to participate in the Japan All-Star Series, with the potential of additional prize money, but let it be known: You don’t go through six weeks of spring training, travel around the country for the next seven months, get to within one swing of your dream in Game 7 of the World Series, then about one week later fly halfway around the world for an exhibition series if you don’t love the game. These guys love the game.
The market seems to be heating up for Billy Butler.
many teams have expressed interest in billy butler, including 1 in nl (hes ok at 1b). kc, tho, probably isnt best fit.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 12, 2014
Cuban free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas may or may not be signing soon.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes a bit about the Royals interest in Tomas
But Tomas, in particular, intrigues the Royals. They need a right fielder. In the best of all worlds, the right fielder would hit in the middle of the order. And as opposed to, say, signing a qualified-offer free agent such as Melky Cabrera, the Royals would not lose their first-round pick if they were to ink Tomas.
Kansas City is said not to see Tomas as having as the same advanced hitting skill as Jose Abreu, the big Cuban bat from last offseason. However, Tomas just turned 24 last week and is viewed as having room to improve. Also, Tomas’ outfield defense is considered adequate-to-good, but nothing special.
The question will be the price. The expectation is Tomas will exceed the $72.5 million record for a Cuban player that Boston gave Rusney Castillo in a seven-year contract. The Royals are leery if they could win the bidding against teams such as the Phillies, especially if the dollar figure reaches $100 million or more.
Speaking of Cuban free agents, infielder Yoan Moncada has a pretty unusual set of circumstances surrounding his free agency.
Yael Abouhalkah seems strangely surprised that those in an online poll don't want taxpayers to build a new downtown baseball stadium so soon after being asked to renovate Kauffman Stadium.
The Victor Martinez signing got the headlines in Detroit, but a minor move they made yesterday, acquiring centerfielder Anthony Gose, may be a big deal too, writes Dave Cameron.
Holy crap, we put a space probe on a comet! What are the implications of this?
If Earth can control the comet transport system we will run the Milkyway. Think about that— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 13, 2014
Jeff Francoeur is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league deal.
RIP longtime baseball player and former Kansas City Athletics manager Alvin Dark. He managed the A's to their most successful season in Kansas City - 74-86 in 1966.
Sad news about the circumstances surrounding the death of Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras - he was well over the legal limit for intoxication when his car crashed.
Iowa State's Georges Niang and Wichita State's Fred Vanvleet get preseason All-America honors from SB Nation.
Vox.com has 40 maps that explain World War II.
How much would it cost to buy everything advertised in an NFL game? The Viagra pills alone would bankrupt me.
Tallest man in the world? Meet shortest man in the world.
Terrible people are already waiting in line for Black Friday.
Your song of the day is Loverboy with "Working for the Weekend."