Royals Rumblings - News for November 21, 2014
Despite millions earned from their post-season run and expected increased revenues from inevitable higher ticket price and greater attendance, David Glass won't commit to a higher payroll quite yet.
"I don't know what (general manager) Dayton (Moore) wants to do," Glass said. "He and (club president) Dan (Glass) are working on a lot things. One thing I've learned over the years is it doesn't matter how much you spend, it's what you spend it on. That's what drives it for us.
"It comes down to what we can do and what should we do."
David Glass also discusses Billy Butler leaving.
"We’ll miss Billy. I really like him. He’s a good young man. did a great job for us. But I think it’s probably the right thing for both of us. I think a fresh start will do Billy a lot of good. And I think that Dayton and Ned want to go a little different route. I think it’s the best of all worlds.
"Although we will miss him. I’ve had a lot of fun with him over the years. He’s a good kid."
But leaves this parting shot.
Did you ever try his BBQ sauce?
"I never did. I stayed away from that."
Your Yasmany Tomas update:
Dayton Moore was among contingent of KC officials who worked out Yasmani Tomas last week in the D.R. Team remains wary of the potential cost— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) November 20, 2014
Jon Heyman reports Tomas is planning on attending the Winter Meetings in December, so he probably won't sign for awhile.
Grant Brisbee looks at where Tomas might sign.
David Lesky writes that signing Tomas would be huge for this franchise.
Off the field, though, the Royals could benefit from Tomas as well. This is a little more subtle, but there are a couple ways this is true. First of all, as I mentioned above, the Royals simply haven’t been big time player in the free agent world ever before. And that’s okay. That mindset has been good at times for them and bad at times for them. Their reported interest and pursuit of Tomas is so out of character for them that it’s raising some eyebrows around the game. Between their postseason run and their pursuit of Tomas, I think their "Q" rating among free agents is already at an all-time high. If they’re able to sign him, though, that would go through the roof. A team that had postseason success has now made a splash with the youngest and probably highest-upside free agent. That says a lot.
Requiring the Royals to do push-ups for every pop-up is paying off.
2014 leaderboard of the day Most grounders/bunts hit by team Royals 2,242 Dodgers 2,187 Dbacks 2,181 Rangers 2,171 Marlins 2,160— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) November 20, 2014
Jim Callis ranks three Royals in his top 25 Arizona Fall League prospects - Raul Mondesi, Kyle Zimmer, and Miguel Almonte.
The Royals-Giants World Series Game 7 was the 12th most-watched show of any kind on TV this fall.
Vote for Mike Moustakas for top defensive play and Salvador Perez for most important hit in the SB Nation Awards. Moustakas is leading the voting in his category, but Perez needs help.
This "Transaction Tree" for each team by Ben Lindbergh at Grantland is pretty cool. He takes the existing team and sees how far back he can go using transactions. YUNI IS YUNI-VERSAL.
The Athletics sign switch-pitcher and Creighton alum Pat Venditte.
The Philadelphia 76ers are the 2005 Royals of the NBA.
Wendy Thurm wonders why her baseball Twitter followers are so ovewhelmingly male. One possibility is that Twitter re-assigns gender to male based on interests.
The Bills-Jets game has been moved due to eleventy-billion feet of snow in Buffalo.
"Better Call Saul", the spinoff show from "Breaking Bad" has a premiere date and a trailer.
This is new favorite dog. Golden retriever refuses to participate in stupid dog event, eats all the food.
Why don't we have a three-day workweek yet?
Your song of the day is Simon and Garfunkel with "Mrs. Robinson."