Royals Rumblings - News for July 26, 2016
Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City argues the Royals should "regroup" rather than "rebuild."
With the core of this team signed through 2017, this presents the Royals with an opportunity not to rebuild, but to reload. It’s time to take a step back and prepare not for the upcoming stretch run, but for the next season. The Royals front office will never come out and say it, but they have an opportunity to strengthen their team for the future without sacrificing the present.
I’m not entirely certain we’ve seen a team in the position the Royals are in. They have assets to trade, but their most valuable ones are key to the team making another push. Guys like Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Salvador Perez could bring back some big time prospects, but to deal off those bats, the Royals would be positioning themselves for 2020, not 2017. And when you think the landscape is favorable for another run (and the Royals front office certainly feels this way) it doesn’t make sense to trade the strongest assets.
Lorenzo Cain is still waiting to begin his rehab assignment.
Cain tested his left hamstring with a running workout in the outfield grass Sunday morning at Kauffman Stadium. The test came just five days after he experienced a minor setback, which resulted in him missing the club’s White House trip on Thursday. Royals manager Ned Yost said the team would monitor his progress after the workout. It’s possible he could depart on a rehab assignment as early as Monday.
The Royals aren't listening to trade rumors.
"Nobody wants to be traded. Especially playing here. We have a lot of chemistry and we want to stay together." #Royals Edinson Volquez— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) July 25, 2016
Dayton Moore gives his take on the deadline.
Dayton Moore says if they're going to part with a piece, the return will need to help the big league club in 2017. #Royals— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) July 25, 2016
Dayton Moore says he still believes this team could make playoffs. But he is preparing on both fronts in terms of buying/selling. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 25, 2016
The Royals receive left-handed pitcher Daniel Stumpf back from the Phillies. He was selected in the Rule 5 draft last winter and served an 80-game suspension for a banned substance. He will be assigned to AA Northwest Arkansas.
Fangraphs’ KATOH prospect analysis likes three Royals prospects - Raul Mondesi, Hunter Dozier, and Samir Duenez.
Ben Zobrist did not feel snubbed by the Royals by not being invited to the White House.
Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs evaluates the prospects from the Aroldis Chapman deal.
Texas slugger Prince Fielder is out for the year, could Kendrys Morales be a fit for them?
Twitter announces a partnership with MLB to stream games via Twitter.
Two minor league teams begin brawlin’ right away.
A South Korean baseball player admits to fixing games.
Minor leaguers suffer a setback in their wage lawsuit.
Could Sporting KC striker Dom Dwyer be headed to Greece?
Rio’s Olympic Village is reportedly "uninhabitable."
Nintendo shares plummet after they admit they don’t make Pokemon Go.
A round-up of the best movie trailers from Comic-Con last weekend.
Your song of the day is The B-52's with "Private Idaho."