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Royals Rumblings - News for March 15, 2016

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Goodbye Brett Eibner. For now.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 15, 2016

Ned Yost says we may not have seen the last of Brett Eibner and Jose Martinez, despite them being shipped to minor league camp.

"They showed enough," Yost said. "But right now, it starts to get tough getting them regular at-bats." Yost said both Eibner and Martinez needed regular playing time in minor-league games, positioning them as secondary options in the event of injury. "If something happened," Yost said, "they could be called upon."

George Brett says the projections are off on the Royals because they can't measure brains or heart.

"We have a lot of really, really good players," Brett said. "We don’t have [a lot of] great players. They know how to play the game. They can catch, they can throw, they can run. We all saw how important our bullpen was. I think one of the reasons we’ve been so successful is that we really like each other.

"It’s the intangibles. They know how to play the game of baseball. They’re very aggressive on the bases. There are so many stats in baseball, I don’t even know what half of them mean. But you know what stats [don’t] do? It doesn’t measure brain and it doesn’t measure heart. That’s what this team is. We play smart and we have a big heart. As a result, we’ve been successful the last two years."

John Viril at Kings of Kauffman writes that letting Alex Rios leave was a good thing for the Royals.

So, while Rios rallied enough to give the KC Royals a lineup without a real hole after the trade deadline acquisition of Ben Zobrist, putting up the right field position for grabs is a good decision by Dayton Moore. Even with the Kansas City Royals poised to contend for the next few seasons, they still need to give opportunities for prospects to blossom into major-league players if they want to avoid a crash. While Jarrod Dyson, Paulo Orlando, Brett Eibner, Jose Martinez are not considered high upside guys, Moore still needs to give young players the opportunity to show they can become major league regulars.

Jim Callis talks to Royals prospect Marten Gasparini. How much progress have you made in two years of pro ball?

Gasparini: I probably didn't have a clue to play shortstop when I first signed. That's a tool that has developed with time. I feel like I'm getting where I should be with defense, offense, baserunning. I've made tons of adjustments and improvements. I've put all of my trust in the coaches. I still have a lot of things to work on. I'm trying to focus on the future. If Iook back to two years ago, it's unbelievable. If I keep going, it will take me places.

The Royals announce their Minor League Awards.

Danny Duffy had a low-key off-season, but was still celebrated by his hometown of Lompoc, California.

Jonny Gomes is already mashing home runs in Japan.

George Brett says he is happy he was never "noogied" by Nolan Ryan.

Scott Dillon at KC Kingdom looks at the worst defenders in franchise history (slideshow).

The White Sox came so close to making many moves this winter, including signing Alex Gordon.

Should more pitchers throw sidearm?

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs looks back at the career of Willie Bloomquist.

What happened to all the stolen bases?

The NCAA selection committee did a bad job and should feel bad about the job they did.

An NFL official finally admits there may be a link between football and long-term brain disease.

Bill Simmons' new venture includes a lot of ex-Grantland employees.

This map shows every mission through our solar system.

Elite college students are saying "no" to law school.

Your song of the day is Norman Greenbaum with "Spirit in the Sky."