Royals Rumblings - News for August 26, 2016
The Royals plan to use Matt Strahm as a starter next year.
But as Strahm continues to overpower opponents out of the bullpen, Royals general manager Dayton Moore remains clear on this: The organization views Strahm as a possible option for the starting rotation going forward. In specific, Strahm will have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training in 2017.
"You need to develop starters," Moore told The Star on Wednesday.
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks to September.
I’m very interested what the Royals do in the outfield both in September and next season. I guess for now, September is the important thing. As Clint noted in Diamonds in the Rough a couple days ago, the organization is pleased with Hunter Dozier’s work in the outfield. He’s not on the 40-man roster, but he will need to be added after the season. Plus, he’s been outstanding offensively all season in Double and Triple-A, so I think there’s a good chance he’s included in September callups. My question is if the Royals would be willing to give him some time in right field in the majors with Lorenzo Cain shifting back to center field in an effort to inject a little more offense into this team. I know that Paulo Orlando has had quite a season, but I’m still not a believer, whether or not that seems weird. He’s been solid defensively in center, but I don’t think he can maintain what he’s done with the bat. We’re already seeing some regression. It would be interesting to see if Dozier gets some time and then how they work the lineup with Orlando out of it.
John Viril at Kings of Kauffman thinks that Sam Mellinger's doubts about the Royals fall prey to the gambler's fallacy.
Thus, when Mellinger looks back to 12 games already played to say that the KC Royals are unlikely to finish 37-13, he’s falling for the gambler’s fallacy. Yes, it’s sound reasoning to talk about how unlikely it is for the Kansas City Royals to finish 26-12 with 38 games to play. But, including 12 games already played isn’t sound reasoning.
THOSE GAMES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PLAYED.
Jon Heyman says Greg Holland will wait until after the season to sign with anyone.
Trade talks for Wade Davis may have been derailed by his declining spin rate.
Dan Syzmborski at ESPN grades the best and worst tools in baseball, giving Jarrod Dyson top honors in speed, and Chris Young at inducing soft contact.
Chris Bahr at Fox Sports writes that the Royals' resurgence should scare other contenders.
The Blue Jays fire minor league pitching coordinator and former Royals catcher Sal Fasano.
The Dodgers aren't planning on giving Yasiel Puig away for free.
The White Sox announce the new name of their ballpark - Guaranteed Rate Field.
MLB and MLBPA announce plans to develop more talent in Puerto Rico.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic will be played in three U.S. stadiums.
The Oakland Athletics tour a potential new ballpark site in Oakland.
An interview with Dodgers executive Kim Ng, who many think could be the first female GM in baseball someday.
Former KU football coach Charlie Weis is looking for a new gig.
The Oakland Raiders file for a trademark for "Las Vegas Raiders."
Costco has dropped American Express and it is causing a big mess.
Super Nintendo turns 25, here are four sports games beloved by SB Nation writers.
Mulholland Drive tops the list of 100 greatest movies of the 21st Century.
Your song of the day is the Beastie Boys with "Pass the Mic."