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Royals Rumblings - News for November 24, 2014

Odell Beckham Jr. made a catch worthy of the Royals outfield.

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 24, 2014

If you have a 20-game package for next season, you will have the option to pick your seat.

For 2015 opening day, partial season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to select their own seats at a presale in February, before tickets are made available to the public.

"Instead of us picking the seat, you’ll get to pick your seat," said Steve Shiffman, Royals senior director of sales and service. "Lower level, higher level, you’ll have that opportunity."

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The Royals are looking for right-handed power this off-season, and teams are finding league-wide a shortage in right-handed power hitters, writes Dave Cameron.

Looking around baseball, it does seem like there aren’t a lot of great alternatives for teams looking for above average right-handed hitters. Decent left-handed hitters seem to be a dime a dozen — the Blue Jays dumped Adam Lind for a song, while the Pirates just DFA’d Ike Davis, and both project for a 118 wRC+ in 2015, one point better than Butler’s 117 wRC+ projection — but there just aren’t that many equivalently decent right-handed bats. And thus, the premium we’re seeing paid to right-handed hitters early on in free agency.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any decent right-handed hitters who could be acquired on the cheap. So, to those teams who don’t want to pay the markup on established right-handed veterans, I’d like to offer up Tyler Moore as a low-cost alternative.

Craig Brown at Royals Authority doesn't see a lot of good options.

The Royals now have a right-handed hole to fill in their lineup. Ideally, they would sign someone like Yasmani Tomas, who hits from the right side and plays right field. That’s going to cost some serious cheddar, but if the Royals were going to pay a guy they viewed as a bat-only player around $8 million, surely they could spring a few extra dollars and get a glove to go along with the deal. But if the asking price hits $100 as rumored, there’s no way the Royals are involved in that.

Barring the signing of Tomas, I don’t see help in the free agent market. The Royals disagree and are apparently targeting Torii Hunter. If the Royals are serious, I wouldn’t give him more than a year at what they were willing to pay Butler.

Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and former outfielder Raul Ibanez are two of the three finalists for the Rays open managerial position. Former catcher Kevin Cash is the other.

Speaking of former Royals in coaching, 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen is looking to get back into baseball as a coach.

Former Royals minor league infielder Rey Navarro has signed a major league deal with the Orioles. The 25-year old hit .282/.343/.435 in AA/AAA last year.

The rival White Sox have reportedly landed Kansas native first-base slugger Andy LaRoche.

Marlins Guy isn't all bad, he's auctioning off his jersey for charity.

Jim Bowden has his predictions on how much free agents will receive this winter. He sees James Shields getting $100 million and has the Royals as possible fits with Shields, Ervin Santana, Mike Morse, Torii Hunter, and Nori Aoki.

ESPN's Keith Law has been suspended possibly for refuting co-worker Curt Schilling's critiques of the theory of evolution.

The Royals are losing to the Giants again - in "Team of the Year" in the SB Nation Awards. Right this wrong and VOTE.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a catch worthy of the Royals outfield.

SB Nation has their college football playoffs and bowl projections if you are into student-athletes tossing the ol' pigksin.

The new trailer-teaser for "Jurassic World" has.....SPOILER ALERT.....dinosaurs.

There are a lot of lawyers at Royals Review, but none as bad as this Kansas lawyer.

Your song of the day is Bill Withers with "Lovely Day."