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Weekend Rumblings - News for March 5, 2016

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Spring training, where the points don't matter.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for March 5, 2016

Vahe Gregorian writes that Paulo Orlando is getting the opportunity of a lifetime with Dyson sidelined.

"Paulo’s numbers from last year, they’re not sexy. They’re not eye-popping," manager Ned Yost said. "But the thing about Paulo is that he found a way to contribute every single time he was in the game and find a way to something to help us win that game." Although Orlando’s exploits were widely chronicled in the Brazilian media, and much as he hopes his success breeds more interest in baseball there, it turns out there weren’t exactly parades for him when he returned.

"I walk on the streets like normal. Nobody knows me, just friends," he said, smiling. "I’m not that famous guy."

Which is about right.

David Lesky at Pine Tar Press thinks it might be a good idea for Kyle Zimmer to break north with the club out of spring training.

I know Clint has talked about this on Twitter a little bit and I mentioned it when I went on 810 in Kansas City on Sunday, but the Royals best bet for the 2016 season might be for Kyle Zimmer to make the rotation out of spring training. Stuff-wise, he’s probably the best pitcher in the organization. I truly believe he’s ready to be a productive big league pitcher right now. You never know how many innings you get with any pitcher, but a guy like Zimmer has been so injury prone throughout his career that he’s a guy that’s really true with. He has to earn his spot, but if he does, there’s a pretty solid argument to be made that he should be the fifth starter. If he’s going to break down, it’s likely going to happen no matter where he’s pitching, so why not get those innings out of him at the big league level if he’s going to be good? That gives the Royals bullpen a huge boost with Chris Young out there and makes a unit that looks like it’ll be really good even better. He has to win the job, but I’m on board the Zimmer for fifth starter movement.

Lee Judge thinks the Royals hit well last year due to pitchers distracted by potential stolen base attempts.

So as their stolen base totals dropped, the Royals’ batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits and runs scored went up. It’s always dangerous to look at one factor — in this case stolen bases — among the hundreds of factors involved and say this explains that; but Rusty Kuntz and the Royals believe there is a connection. They believe what the pitchers and catchers were doing to slow down base runners (pickoffs, pitchouts, fastballs thrown out of slide steps) helped the Royals’ hitters.

Craig Edwards at Fangraphs looks at the Salvador Perez deal and whether deals should be made out of fairness.

In each of the cases above, the team felt it was important to lock in cornerstone, face-of-the-franchise players. The teams didn’t need to sign the players to extensions, but believed locking these players in was worth the cost for goodwill, fairness, and the possibility of employing a player for almost the entirety of his career. These three contracts have not been major successes or failures, but the fairness principal that we saw for Salvador Perez costs a lot more for those three players and would likely be the same for the players that Rosenthal mentioned in his piece. All of them meet the same criteria as Braun, Tulowitzki, and Longoria — or at least come close — but it would be fairly surprising to see any of those teams add on a nine-figure extension so their stars are compensated closer to their value.

Kelvin Herrera had his championship ring stolen in a burglary.

Former Royals reliever Franklin Morales signs a minor league deal with Milwaukee.

A look at some of the rituals and superstitions of Royals players.

Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wants to know why you think the Royals will outperform their projections.

Congrats to Craig Brown who takes over at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City.

Want to perform the national anthem at a Royals game? Here's how.

The Rays will play some exhibition games in Cuba with President Obama in attendance.

Jenry Mejia says he was set up by MLB officials who suspended him for life for PED use. WHERE WAS STEVEN AVERY?

Grant Brisbee breaks down the 11 types of spring training photos.

Yoenis Cespedes plans to join the PGA Tour after his baseball career.

The Steinbrenners have no intention of selling.

Why do hated personalities continue to find work on sports shows?

Fulham catfished their own players to show them the dangers of online flirting.

Google will apply the "right to be forgotten" policy to all searches from European Union countries.

Who was the best fictional president?

RIP Pat Conroy.

Your song of the day is Lou Reed with "Waiting for the Man."