Royals Rumblings - News for November 7, 2016
The Royals, Red Sox, Giants, and Yankeees will be among the teams interested in Greg Holland’s showcase today.
“Greg Holland is one of the very best and most talented relief pitchers that I’ve been around,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said last month. “The success of our bullpen is a direct correlation to his toughness and his competitive spirit. So we admire him as a person and a pitcher.”
Moore has declined to comment on the club’s level of interest in Holland, citing club policy in such matters. But Holland will likely have serious interest from a number of teams.
Qualifying offers must be made today, so Mike Petriello at MLB.com gives his prediction on whether Kendryrs Morales receives one.
Morales is coming off two solid years for Kansas City (.277/.344/.476, 120 wRC+, 52 homers), but he's almost strictly a designated hitter these days, and offers little defensive value. He declined his half of a mutual option and the Royals are reportedly leaning toward not extending an offer, which makes sense: After his experience three years ago, he'd probably be all too happy to take one. Prediction: Does not receive offer.
David Schoenfield at ESPN already has 2017 power rankings.
16. Kansas City Royals
This looks like the last hurrah for this group of players: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jarrod Dyson, Danny Duffy and Wade Davis are all free agents after 2017. Kendrys Morales has a mutual option for 2017 as well. The Royals were in first place through the end of May, and while injuries to Moustakas and Cain hurt, mostly they just weren't that good. They were last in the AL in home runs and 13th in OBP. They'll need better work from Edinson Volquez and Yordano Ventura and better numbers from Alex Gordon.
Bobby DeMuro of Today’s Knuckleball profiles Royals prospect Ryan O’Hearn.
Here’s the thing about O’Hearn, if you didn’t already gather it from his stats, or the videos: He swings hard, and he hits the ball really hard. He’s not quite Eloy Jimenez when it comes to the best of the best in AFL exit velocities, but you know what? O’Hearn isn’t that far off, having slugged two of the 12 hardest hit balls in all of AFL play already. That should tell you something about where his value will come in the future.
O’Hearn’s best tool is that plus power, and it’s quickly developing into a consistent, known entity as he reaches the high minors with seasons of 13 (short-season), 27, and 22 homers (and 16, 21, and 32 doubles, respectively) already under his belt. His swing can be long at times, and that’s shown up as the strikeouts pile up in abundance, but he doesn’t get cheated in his hacks, he’s aggressive at the plate, and he knows exactly the type of pull-predominant approach that will get him to his ceiling where he can impact a big league roster as a power-hitting first baseman.
O’Hearn went 1-for-1 with two walks in the AFL All-Star Game.
The Royals decline their $7 million option on Luke Hochevar, making him a free agent.
Leigh Oleszczak of KC Kingdom writes it is time to move on from the 2015 season.
The Indians are hoping to use the Royals as a model to get back to the World Series.
The Rockies will name former Royals pitcher Bud Black as their new manager.
The Mariners acquire catcher Carlos Ruiz.
What is the trade value of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander?
The Rays are open to everything to improve this off-season.
Why the MLBPA should push back on a proposal to raise the signing age for Latin American players to 18.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce gets ejected for throwing a glove.
Everyone at a Kentucky basketball game did the Mannequin Challenge.
Does Doctor Strange belong in the Marvel universe?
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