Weekend Rumblings - News for January 28, 2017
Sam Mellinger writes about how the Royals have to move on from Yordano Ventura.
The front office is already sorting through options. The team was always going to monitor the low-risk, make-good deals that are available every spring — like they’ve done in the past with Chris Young, Kris Medlen and others.
They’d planned to concentrate more on bats than arms. Ventura’s death may change their calculus, but it’s more likely they’ll see the prices of the potential impact pitchers still on the market — a list headlined by Jason Hammel, Tyson Ross, Doug Fister and Colby Lewis — as too expensive or risky or both.
Mike Moustakas says his knee feels great and he is ready to play.
Mike Moustakas can’t wait to return to competition after a knee injury ended his 2016 season in May, but he’s going to be smart about it.
“I’ll be ready to go,” Moustakas said. “We’ll take it slowly. The training staff will make sure I’m prepared for the season.
“But I don’t want to be ready to play in spring. I want to be ready for the (regular) season.”
Lorenzo Cain says his wrist feels great.
Cain, who missed most of the 2016 season's final six weeks with an injured left hand/wrist, also reports that he's fully ready to go.
"I've been hitting for a month now," Cain said. "I've been hitting on the field. I'm swinging 100 percent.
"I'm fully healed and ready to go. I've been taking full hacks. There have been no setbacks. I consider myself to be my normal self again."
The Royals held a private memorial for Ventura before FanFest.
The Royals talk about how and when they heard about his stunning death.
A Royals charity named after Yordano Ventura will help fund baseball in the Dominican Republic.
It could take months for the Royals to sort out the finances for Yordano Ventura’s contract.
This sounds like a future sitcom.
Salvador Perez bought a house this offseason near Miami so he could be closer to Eric Hosmer. They've been working out all winter, he said.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) January 27, 2017
Former Royals pitcher Kris Medlen signs a minor league deal with the Braves.
Ken Rosenthal looks at the state of the reliever market.
Cleveland will host the 2019 All-Star Game.
Craig Edwards at Fangraphs thinks the Indians are winning the off-season.
The Hall of Fame will not amend its rules to clarify its position on PED users.
The new labor deal further restricts draft bonuses.
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A lawsuit alleges 52 rapes in four years by Baylor football players.
How an international treaty signed 50 years ago became the backbone of space law.
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