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Royals Rumblings - News for March 24, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 24, 2015

Sanity appears to have prevailed, as Ned Yost is leaning towards having just seven relievers on his opening day roster.

"We’re looking at all options right now," Yost said. "But what wins you more ball games early? The extra guy on the bench that you can utilize as a pinch-runner, defensive replacement, compared to the extra arm with the off days?"

Ned also appreciates the focus and motivation his team has in camp thus far.

The knowledge gnawed at this group all winter. Jarrod Dyson compared the sensation with a breakup. "I don’t know this feeling, when a woman gets her heart broken, but (darn) it, that’s how it felt," Dyson said. "Just like that. Like we just got dumped on a date."...

"It was funny, because all winter long, I was really proud of what we accomplished," Yost said. "But I was nowhere near satisfied with what we accomplished. And when I got here, I found out every player in that room shared the same sentiment.

Craig Brown at Royals Authority is good with demoting Brandon Finnegan and wonders if conditioning was a factor in his lackluster spring training.

I was wondering about Finnegan’s weight (yes, I know) as he looked a little puffier in interviews he conducted in Surprise, although I was wanting to actually see him pitch before I made a comment. Finnegan carries a little weight at 5’11" and 185 pounds and his frame seems like the kind that would gain a few if he wasn’t devoted to winter conditioning. It’s only speculation on my part, but maybe he didn’t take the best care of himself this winter (gasp!) and maybe he wasn’t in the best shape of his life. He wouldn’t be the first prospect to fall into that trap. Everything was spectacular for him last year, so maybe he didn’t think about, or didn’t understand, the required work he needed to put in in order to remain a major leaguer.

Jeffrey Flanagan writes that lefty pitcher Brian Flynn has impressed in camp.

Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth has Eric Hosmer on his "All-Breakout Team."

Anyway, despite the ups and downs in his career to date, I've got no trouble betting big on a 25-year-old who truly took his approach to a new level when it mattered most last fall. Hosmer not only drove the ball in clutch situations, but he also drew more walks. With the confidence gleaned from that showcase and the newly demonstrated ability to shorten his swing when needed, Hosmer appears poised for a much more consistent showing in 2015.

Will Carroll thinks the Royals relievers look "tired."

Jimmy Faseler is on the road to recovery.

Bernie Pleskoff writes that Christian Binford has the stuff to reach the big leagues.

Binford uses his height to his advantage, pitching downhill and keeping the ball down in the zone. There is a bit of exertion and effort in his delivery, but every pitch moves. Often the hitter is late swinging as the ball has moved out of the hitting zone. Binford doesn't have overpowering stuff. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph. His slider is in the mid 70s.

But it is Binford's changeup that really alters the eye level and the balance of hitters. He can use that terrific changeup to get batters to chase or pound the ball into the ground. If Binford improves his slider a bit, he will be even more effective. But for now, his three pitches could translate well to a role as a starter.

Jon Roegele at Hardball Times looks at the success rate of Major League pitchers that have had Tommy John surgery.

Rob Neyer thinks that instead of imposing an international draft, perhaps MLB should get rid of the draft altogether.

Brandon Phillips thinks you stat nerds are "messing" with the game.

Why are club blowing past international bonus limits?

Is it time for baseball to expand its roster limits?

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hates the John Fogerty song "Centerfield" and probably also hates puppies and America.

Could Bradley Cooper play Roger Clemens in a movie?

A college baseball player is booted from his team for tweeting negatively about Little Leaguer Mo'ne Davis. She has asked that he be reinstated.

The NFL wants two teams in Los Angeles.

President Obama touched upon four potential issues for reform for college athletics.

Alabama wants to back up a Mack truck full of money to Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.

The worst possible expansion candidates for the Big 12, which by the way, still has ten member institutions.

Sorry, the job market for academics still sucks.

Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Booker want to improve your wi-fi.

How Netflix and Vine are killing cable.

Comedian Reggie Watts talks about becoming the new bandleader for "The Late Late Show" on CBS.

Your song of the day is R.E.M. with "Catapult."