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Royals Rumblings - News for November 18, 2016

Kennedy wants to opt in.

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 18, 2016

Ian Kennedy says he’s not planning on opting out next year.

Kennedy was asked about his contract, which runs through 2020 and includes an opt-out clause after the 2017 season. Things can always change, but at this point Kennedy said he plans to stay with the Royals through the length of the contract.

“That’s how I view it,” Kennedy said with a smile. “I’ve got to view it that way. That’s how I envisioned it the whole time.”

Rustin Dodd looks at who the Royals need to protect from the Rule 5 draft. Rosters must be finalized today.

Among the players the Royals have discussed adding to the 40-man roster on Friday: Right-handed pitcher Jake Junis, right-handed pitcher Andrew Edwards and infielder Samir Duenez. Another possibility is left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was selected in the Rule 5 draft last December by the Philadelphia Phillies before receiving an 80-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Stumpf was returned to the Royals in late July.

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at which players PECOTA missed on.

If you’ll recall, PECOTA had the Royals pegged for 76 wins at the start of the season, a projection the Royals beat once again. This gap was a little smaller than the 23-win difference from 2015, but the difference came when the Royals had three regulars out for a considerable amount of time and saw injuries and ineffectiveness ravage the bullpen. So I’d say that’s still impressive. All in all, this projection business seems like a pretty tough job. I’m glad I’m just here to talk about it and not run them.

Jon Heyman gives his best guess at what the top free agents will get this winter.

19. Greg Holland, $20 million, two years. The showcase went well, and he seems ready to help at the back end of someone’s pen. The Red Sox, Giants, Mariners, Indians, Rays and Cubs are among teams interested.

20. Edinson Volquez, $20 million, two years. Could be a good bet on a switch from AL to NL. Potential bargain.

David Hill at Call to the Pen remembers the time three Royals were jailed for cocaine.

You can see Rex Hudler at this event for Shawnee Mission East.

The Royals unveiled a new blog this week, “Royal Rundown.”

I talked about the Royals off-season on the Beyond the Boxscore podcast.

Mike Trout and Kris Bryant are your MVPs.

Carlos Beltran is down to four suitors and the Royals are not one of them.

The Astros sign outfielder Josh Reddick to a four-year deal.

Nathan Grow at Fangraphs looks at how we could actually have a work stoppage in baseball.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is considering changing roster sizes.

The search firm to help MLB with diversity was a farce.

Mike Petriello looks at the starters who could become the next Andrew Miller.

Johan Santana wants to make a comeback.

Simpsons writers talk about their favorite athlete cameos.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes may be a candidate to lead the U.S. National Team.

The Daily Mail in the UK calls Kansas City’s Metro North Mall “America’s creepiest mall.”

Pluto may have a slushy sea under its ice.

What happens when filmmakers raid dead director’s unmade projects?

Your song of the day is Paul Simon with American Tune.