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Royals Rumblings - News for June 24, 2015

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Seattle won the James Shields trade.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 24, 2015

Sam Mellinger addresses the Royals starting pitching woes.

But the answer to your question is that the Royals themselves don’t know yet. Trades don’t typically happen until at least the middle of July, and a lot can change between now and then. Duffy will have had a few weeks back. Ventura will, presumably, be back from the DL. Same with Vargas. Noted Bo Jackson fan Kris Medlen could make a start or three by the trade deadline.

I’m starting to change my feeling on this a bit. A month ago, I thought the problems would be mostly mild and temporary, that the Royals had enough internally that they could get to average with the rotation. I did not think the problems with both health and efficiency would be this widespread and ongoing. All of that said, pulling off trades is much easier said than done. I don’t sense much willingness from the Royals to give up a top prospect like Raul Mondesi, and for whatever it’s worth, I think doing so would be a mistake.

Tyler Drenon writes at Hardball Times about the decision Alex Gordon must face as he enters free agency.

Gordon can make up his own mind, of course. Neither side actually can force him to choose one way or the other, but the decision is not as simple as who can promise the most. Ultimately, his decision will only delay the inevitable, since he still will be a free agent after 2016 even if he exercises his player option. In the end, it’s just one battle in a hundred-year war between players and ownership, but his choice still will affect the future of labor relations.

Royals fans would love it if Gordon stayed. And they’d love it if he stayed for $12.5 million because it would mean the team could spend more money on other players and maybe be a better team. However, some fans will be forced to ask themselves if they hate exploitation more than they love watching the Royals win. It’s probably a pretty close call, and it would be a lot easier to root for the fun baseball team over the cold, uber-capitalistic labor union, but unfortunately, these are the circumstances created by the owners — and the results trickle down from the superstars to the third-world work academies in Latin America. Many won’t care if Gordon makes a few million less and his "owner" makes a few billion more. But eventually, it affects people a lot like you — and when it reaches the bottom, it’s less of a trickle and more of a vapor.

ESPN's Jayson Stark looks at ideas on how to fix the All-Star Game

If Perez starts this game behind the plate, he deserves it. If Alcides Escobar starts at short, we can easily make a case for it. If Lorenzo Cain and/or Alex Gordon start in the outfield, it would be far from a travesty of voting justice.

Infante gets elected? Sorry. There needs to be a vehicle to override a choice as unjustified as that.

Here's a proposal I thought up all by myself: Keep the fan vote next year exactly as is. Continue to have the players vote, as they've done in the past. But once the votes are in, compare the two before announcing the teams. If the fans and players are at least close to being on the same page, nothing changes. But if the player picked by the fans to start doesn't finish in the top three of the players' balloting, that should automatically veto the fans' choice. In that case only, the players' selection should start.

St. Louis columnist Derrick Goold is cool with Royals fans voting.

I love the fact that KC overwhelmed the voting process. Give them what they want to see. If another fan base has an issue with it then do better mobilizing your voters. It's a popularity contest, and it should be. Fans should see who they want to see at the All-Star Game.

Yordano Ventura will make a rehab start before he returns from the disabled list.

White House Press Secretary and noted Royals fan Josh Earnest has a message for those complaining about Royals fans All-Star votes.

Mets pitcher Dillon Gee went unclaimed after being placed on waivers, despite only being owed about $3 million. He'll head to the minors.

Dave Cameron at Fangraphs thinks it may be time to blow up the White Sox.

Scott Lindholm at Beyond the Boxscore looks at the best third basemen in the game.

Grant Brisbee looks at three teams that desperately need to make a trade.

Rob Neyer looks at the 45th anniversary of the release of "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton.

Why is it so hard to hit a curveball? SCIENCE.

Here are five ways the US Women's National team can replace their suspended stars.

Joe Posnanski writes about the rise of Steph Curry.

FOX really dropped the ball on its coverage of the U.S. Open.

The world's fanciest McDonald's.

Want to rent a drone?

What if work was obsolete? You would have more time to spend at Royals Review!

Your song of the day is Sonny Rollins with "St. Thomas."