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Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2014

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DAMN THOSE BELGIAN WAFFLES

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2014

Raul Ibanez is back although its still not entirely clear why.

"When he was released," Moore said, "all of our scouts and our entire major-league coaching staff felt that he could be a potentially important part of our team."

Added Yost, "He knows how to put together a professional at-bat. So we’re going to use him in a lot of different ways, depending on need."

The addition of Ibanez also provides the team with a viable, veteran insurance policy if they opt to option struggling first baseman Eric Hosmer to Class AAA Omaha. Ibanez played five games at first base for the Angels this season, and has appeared there 136 times in his career. He could also fill in as the designated hitter if the Royals move Billy Butler back into the field. Hosmer entered Monday’s game batting .193 in June.

Yet team officials insist his defense is critical to the club’s success. Yost batted aside a question about a potential demotion. "That’s so far back off the radar, it’s not even close," Yost said. "Not even on the map. There’s been no consideration, or talk, of doing that. Or even a thought of it."

Greg Hall of OTC has the media reactions to the two big stories of yesterday - Ibanez returning and the Royals being cheapskates at the stripclub. But don't overlook the analysis of Christian Colon!

"I’ll tell you what (Christian Colon) does for the Royals, he does it for the league minimum." Soren Petro, on the Royals calling up their 2010 fourth overall pick in the draft, 810 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post gives his mid-season awards and while Yordano Ventura gets some consideration for Rookie of the Year, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, and Mike Moustakas get consideration for the "Anti-MVP" as does an old friend from a big trade.

Jonah Keri of Grantland seems to think the Royals still could be sleepers if they upgrade rightfield and third base.

Unfortunately, finding significant upgrades at those spots might be tricky. Star third basemen are in short supply right now, and finding one who’d be readily available in a trade could be nearly impossible. Kansas City’s best bet might be to acquire a 2014 overachiever like the CubsLuis Valbuena, who’s posted a .271/.361/.448 line this season compared to a .229/.311/.365 career mark, and hope that he’s delivering a breakout instead of a fluke. Meanwhile, the Royals can count the number of quality outfielders likely to be on the market on one hand. San Diego’s Seth Smith is probably the best of the bunch, but he’s also having what could either be a career year or a fluke half destined to evaporate down the stretch.

Sporting Kansas City stars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi can hear your cheers all the way to Brazil as they prepare to take on Belgium today in the knockout round of World Cup action. The match starts at 3 p.m. CT. Here is all the World Cup coverage you will need.

NBA Free agency started last night. Here are your top 75 Free Agents. The Royals haven't even had a single visit. They should at least make a run at Lebron James, but they'll probably overpay for Steve Blake.

Airlines could soon charge you to go to the bathroom, so at least make it count while you're in there.

DiGiorno has a "design-a-pizza" app and it didn't take long for guys to make it NSFW.

Your song of the day is "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies: