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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 20, 2015

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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 20, 2015

The All-Star Game featuring a mostly Royals cast will be a financial burden on the team, but Dayton Moore seems fine with that.

Second baseman Omar Infante would receive $500,000 split between 2016 and 2017. The Royals would spread an additional $350,000 total across the three options on catcher Salvador Perez’s contract. The honor also bolsters the impending arbitration cases of outfielder Lorenzo Cain and third baseman Mike Moustakas.

The organization, of course, is fully aware of the financial implications wrought by the surge of online support. The executives joke about it sometimes, as they too were caught off-guard by the waves of voting. General manager Dayton Moore cast the upcoming bill of bonuses as a badge of honor for the organization.

"Every single night, you pull hard for your players," Moore said. "I hope they reach all their goals. I hope they reach all their bonuses. It’s good for them."

Crag Brown saluted Ned Yost, winningest manager in Royals franchise history.

Today, Yost is a hero in Kansas City. Forget needing a pseudonym to order coffee. He shouldn’t have to buy his own cup of joe for the rest of his days in our fair city. Maybe Yost is the same as he ever was. I don’t know. One thing that is certain, the house money is still good. Maybe the confidence wears better with success. It feels like there’s a difference. A little more swagger. It’s crazy. Suddenly, he’s our guy. Stay the hell out of his way, because he’s the manager of the reigning American League Champions. That counts for something. It also helps he has his team playing like October never ended. Success suits Yost.

Andy McCullough answers questions in his weekly mailbag, including trade thoughts.

@Kid_CHRIS: Do you think we should pursue Zobrist, Utley, or Phillips at the deadline?

Andy: So, Zobrist. He will be a free agent. He is still a solid hitter (108 OPS+) and a versatile defender. He could play second base and perhaps right fielder. The Royals could use him.

But so could 28 other teams. Zobrist figures to be one of the most popular commodities on the trading block. So Kansas City must build a package necessary to top the other offers. Do they want to sacrifice an asset like Raul Mondesi or Miguel Almonte or Sean Manaea for a couple months of Ben Zobrist? Because that’s what it might take.

Chris Kamler, AKA The Fake Ned, offers a rebuttal to those national media types complaining about the All-Star voting.

My advice to anyone in the national media looking to write a column about All-Star voting or Royals fans over the next two weeks is this: come here. Come to a game. Don’t sit in the sanitized press box where you are handed your game notes and a free hot dog. Sit in section 432, Row DD. Stand on the Pepsi Party Porch. Talk to the fans walking around Dick Howser’s statue. Walk beside Dave Webster dressed as Kay-Cee for 30 minutes as he tells the stories of the Kansas City Cowboys and the Satchel Paige and George Brett and the "W." Understand that this fan base is erupting with 30 years of pent up joy. Understand that this might not be the "Best Fans in Baseball," but is easily the "Best Fans in Baseball Not Currently Under Investigation by the FBI.

Come to Kansas City. It will be as if you’ve dipped yourself in magic waters.

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