Royals Rumblings - News for December 1, 2014
Jon Heyman writes the Royals are just one of many suitors for the services of Torii Hunter.
At least five American League teams -- the Rangers, Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Twins -- are showing interest in veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, who's played his entire 18-year career in the AL
The Twins are the team he started his excellent career with, but the Rangers represent an interesting new entry, as Hunter has for years made his home in Prosper, Texas, which isn't too far from Dallas.
With Aaron Crow gone and Jason Frasor back in the fold, David Hill at Kings of Kauffman argues Tim Collins should be the next to go.
While the Royals have need of a left handed reliever, Collins does not appear as though he will be a part of the future of the bullpen.
Essentially, that left handedness is about the biggest asset that Tim Collins brings to the table for the Royals. Even with that, the Royals may have better options, either with Finnegan or in free agency. Collins, much like Crow earlier today, may find himself on the trading block, shipped out for an intriguing minor league player who could develop into a useful piece for the Royals.
Hunter Samuels at Kings of Kauffman looks at some buy-low candidates on the free agent market, including some names we have looked at like Chris Denorfia.
Chris Denorfia – He hit .230/.284/.318 in 358 plate appearances for the Padres and Mariners this year, well below his .272/.331/.394 career line. Denorfia doesn’t possess a ton of power, but he can hit lefties (123 wRC+), and can handle himself in the outfield. Signing the 34-year old to be a platoon bat with Jarrod Dyson is definitely an option.
I want to thank the @Royals, their fans and Kansas City for the last 4 years. It's been a fun ride. I'm excited now to join the @Marlins— Aaron Crow (@acrow43) November 28, 2014
Baseball America has a bit on the two players the Royals acquired for Crow.
Redman, whose full name is Robert Reid Redman, is a converted third baseman drafted by the Rays in the 23rd round from Texas Tech in 2012. Just 6-foot, 180 pounds, the righthander has a smooth delivery and creates downhill action with riding life on his fastball, which ranges 91-95 and generates some whiffs. The slider has some tilt at 83-85. He has a shot to help the Royals, who also have a deep relief corps.
Agents for other relievers aren't happy with the deal Jason Frasor settled for.
Hearing rumblings that folks representing FA relievers aren't thrilled with Jason Frasor deal. "Deals like that hurt the market," one said.— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) November 29, 2014
SEE! Free agents will take less money to sign here now!
Former Royals great Bo Jackson needs your help to track down a hero he met on a plane once.
Speaking of Bo, it was his 52nd birthday over the weekend. Here is Bo breaking a bat over his knee and head.
Bo Jackson is 52 today. Here he is breaking bats over his knee and head. pic.twitter.com/TIdYr8qMt1— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) November 30, 2014
Oakland dealt third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Jays for Brett Lawrie and three minor leaugers. The Royals are making the smart moves while Billy Beane and the A's are making the head-scratching moves. I don't know what to believe anymore.
Andrew "Cy" Albers, formerly of the Twins, could be headed stateside once again after a year in Korea.
The Chiefs lay a big egg on Sunday Night Football against the Broncos.
Nebraska fires football coach Bob Pelini, which could mean the end one of the funniest sports Twitter accounts.
Vox.com has a better test for artificial intelligence than the Turing test.
RIP Kirk Douglas. Wait, what?
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Why Cyber Monday is the dumbest fake holiday of the year.
In case you missed it, the trailer for the new Star Wars movie by J.J. Abrams, was released over the weekend. Apparently some people are miffed at the possibility of a black Stormtrooper.
Your song of the day is The Decembrists with "Make You Better."