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Royals Rumblings - News for November 16, 2016

Is Esky a Royals Hall of Famer?

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 16, 2016

Sam Mellinger considers whether Alcides Escobar is a Royals Hall of Famer.

I lean no, not just because of the offense, but because of all the other players who made 2014 and 2015 happen who will have cases. A semi-comprehensive list:

Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Wade Davis, Mike Moustakas, Ned Yost, Dayton Moore, Lorenzo Cain, James Shields, Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, Billy Butler*

* Some of you will laugh at that, but he’s in the all-time top 10 in hitting, homers, doubles, RBI, and walks. His case is, basically, Sweeney Lite.

The first eight are all probably in, and there is a good case for the last four, and we haven’t yet mentioned Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura, who are still building their careers.

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City wonders what happened to Kelvin Herrera’s slider.

In September alone, Herrera allowed 10 earned runs in 11 innings of work. Certainly, that skews the data in the table above, but his ERA and opponents averages was higher in July and August than in any of the first three months of the season. He wasn’t the same pitcher after that outing in Toronto. It was because he stopped using his slider.

Why? Why did he stop going to the slider?

Royals pitching prospect Josh Staumont looked good in getting out of a jam in his AFL outing Monday.

"Sometimes you'll fall into a rhythm where you're dragging and it's a little bit of a correction you have to make," the 22-year-old right-hander said. "I'll get a little stiff here and there and it'll lead to some walks, but I'm not overly concerned. At the same time, any walk is a bad walk.

"It's huge to get out of any situation in which there are runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but, particularly today, it was huge," he continued. "You have to throw pitches that if they make contact, they're not going to put them in the air with a guy on third base. So we threw everything down and made sure they hit it into the ground."

Dieter Kurtenbach at Fox Sports predicts the biggest free agent for each club.

Royals - Matt Holliday

A lack of power bats off the bench really hurt the Royals last year, and Holliday needs to move to DH or 1B full-time. The Royals can't promise him a full season of at-bats, but this seems like a perfect landing spot for the former All-Star.

Jen Nevius at Drinking the Royals Blue Aid has your latest Winter League recap on the Royals.

Mike Montgomery had a long road before getting to record the final out of the World Series.

The Giants have discussed a trade for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.

Should the Braves sell the farm for Chris Sale?

How will the Miami Marlins move on from Jose Fernandez?

Jeremy Hellickson made an awful free agent pitching class worse.

Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs projects the best minor league free agent pitchers.

Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes are on the witness list for a smuggling trial.

New Orleans renames their minor league baseball team the “Baby Cakes.”

USA Today told staffers to “stick to sports” during the election.

There is going to be a Quidditch Premier League.

Wal Mart is the best, Amazon is the worst, at telling consumers about chemicals in their products.

Traditional television viewing numbers continue to plummet.

Dwayne Johnson is officially the sexiest man alive.

Your song of the day is Blondie with X Offender.