Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2015
Dayton Moore leaves the Winter Meetings with more to do, and he sounds frustrated at market prices.
The Royals exited Nashville still in search of another outfielder and another starting pitcher, but Moore stressed he did not expect the team’s payroll to accelerate a sizable amount past last year’s Opening Day mark of about $112 million.
"Just because clubs are spending money, a lot of money, doesn’t mean that they are good business decisions," Moore said. "I don’t know what other clubs are doing. I just know what we do. We’re trying to make sound business decisions, along with sound baseball decisions. That’s what we’re trying to do."
The Angels have cooled on Alex Gordon for now.
I'm told Angels are not seriously involved with Jason Heyward at this time. Also not Gordon, Upton or Cespedes. Certainly can change though.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) December 10, 2015
The Royals lost left-handed pitcher Daniel Stumpf in the Rule 5 draft yesterday. The 24-year old had a 3.57 ERA for AA Norrthwest Arkansas with 76 strikeouts in 70.2 relief innings. They lost catchers Micah Gibbs and Santiago Nessy in the minor league portion. Gibbs is a minor league free agent from the Cubs that appeared in 31 games for AA/AAA and Nessy failed to hit much after being acquired from the Blue Jays for Liam Hendriks. The Royals did not select any players in the Major League or minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.
Ned Yost talks about the Winter Meetings.
Wayne Cavadi at Minor League Ball wonders if Royals fans will finally see Kyle Zimmer in 2016.
Alan Eskew at Baseball America checks in on Royals minor league pitcher Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy had another setback in 2014 when he suffered a partial right elbow ligament tear, limiting him to two relief appearances and four innings with Low-A Lexington. "I didn’t get a Tommy John (surgery)," McCarthy said. "I just rehabbed it."
He also received an AminoFix ejection into his right elbow. "I don’t know if that helped anything," McCarthy said. "I don’t know what it did, the rehab after, getting it rest, but it feels good and hasn’t bothered me this year." His velocity also increased from the low 90 mile per hour fastball to the mid-90s.
Old friend alerts - catcher Manny Pina is the player to be named later sent to Milwaukee in the Francisco Rodriguez deal, Jonathan Broxton signs a two-year deal with the Cardinals, Emilio Bonifacio signs with the Braves, and former Royals farmhand Erik Cordier is heading to Japan.
Royals spring training tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am CT.
A look inside the Winter Meetings Trade Show of cool baseball stuff being sold including Salvador Perez's catching gear.
The Angels hire a new Director of Analytics, a former writer at Beyond the Boxscore. Hire Kevin Ruprecht, Royals!
Managers discuss the evolution of their role.
It sounds like the Los Angeles Dodgers are pretty fed up with Yasiel Puig.
The Mariners hire the first full-time female scout in MLB in nearly 60 years.
Former Major League pitcher Floyd Youmans is trying to make ends meet as an Uber driver.
Alabama is your college football National Championship favorite.
Who are the worst playoff teams in NFL history?
Should your cat food alert you to the fact it was made by slaves?
How Microsoft plans to save Xbox.
Here are your Golden Globe nominations.
Your song of the day is English Beat with "Best Friend."