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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 29, 2016

Will Cheslor be in next year’s plans?

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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 29, 2016

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City thinks Cheslor Cuthbert may not be in Kansas City next year.

I still think Cheslor Cuthbert is on the trading block. Reports came out that he looked “solid” at second base during instructs, which is kind of a nice thing to see. And then you realize that it seems much of his work was done on the side so there isn’t much in the way of scouts getting to see him in action. I guess it could go both ways here, but I really think that’s posturing to make him appear more versatile in a deal....I’ve had in my head a deal with Cuthbert to the Giants for Eduardo Nunez and maybe another piece. I’m not sure if that’s light or heavy or where it is for Cuthbert, but for some reason, that’s been floating around since the end of the season. I know Nunez is a guy the Royals like, so maybe that’s where it came from.

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