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Royals Rumblings - News for October 18, 2016

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 18, 2016

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City makes the case for trading Wade Davis.

Externally, trading Davis can really help to fill any of the number of other holes on the 2017 team. The most pressing one, to me, is starting pitcher. The way I see it, as many as 10 or 11 teams will be motivated to try to land one of the big fish out there. But you might remember I only named three names among free agents, and Davis, to me, is definitively better than one of them (Melancon). If they can strike a deal with the Nationals for Reynaldo Lopez or the Dodgers for Jose De Leon or any one of the other teams looking to add one of the best relievers in baseball in exchange for a top end starting pitching prospect, I think the Royals have to do it. It could help them in both 2017 and beyond. Imagine a rotation with the return for Davis along with Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura and Strahm after a year in the bullpen. That could be deadly.

Vahe Gregorian compares the way Ned Yost and Kansas basketball coach Bill Self handle the media.

Quite often when asked a question by the media, Yost will instantly dismiss the premise before giving his full answers — which frequently are more interesting and insightful than people believe he provides.

Meanwhile, Self almost always receives a question agreeably before getting to full answers that actually just as often as not might disagree with the contention of the question … but almost always are golden answers for the media.

Don’t know what it means. Just saying.

Here is your Rally Mantis update. It is fine. FINE!

Lee Judge explains how relievers like Andrew Miller keep the Indians in the hunt.

The Indians twitter feed is throwing shade at the Blue Jays.

How Clayton Kershaw gets ahead.

Why does MLB make it so difficult to watch playoff games?

MLB will be pushing for an international draft in negotiations this winter.

The definitive history of the MVP award.

Tony LaRussa stays on in an advisory role with the Diamondbacks.

The suspect in the beer-tossing case in Toronto has left his job.

A Canadian judge tosses out a suit to ban the Indians logo.

Under Armour will take over MLB apparel next year.

Looks like the Big 12 won’t expand.

A Minnesota businessman purchases Kansas City’s women’s soccer team.

Cities spent millions on fast gigabit networks, but for what?

Here is a Twitterbot that will talk like you, kind of.

A frame-by-frame breakdown of the new Rogue One trailer.

Your song of the day is Ingrid Michaelson with Be OK.