Weekend Rumblings - News for October 28, 2017
Could Dayton Moore be traded to Atlanta?
But there is a belief among some observers that the Royals might be positioning themselves for possible concessions from the Braves to allow Moore to interview and/or leave. And it’s possible that Moore might also be waiting for some assurances about the Braves situation and his potential role if he were to join them.
Neither the Royals nor the Braves have confirmed that permission was asked for or denied.
David Lesky could see Eric Hosmer returning.
I mentioned the waiting game with Hosmer and the other free agents, but I’m starting to wonder if the Royals really do have a shot to bring him back. The Yankees have been adamant about getting under the luxury tax and they’re happy with Greg Bird. The Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Giancarlo Stanton, and if they get him, I’m not sure even with their deep pockets that they’d have a fit for Hosmer. If both those teams are out of the running, the Royals are on close enough financial footing with the other competitors that maybe it could happen.
Sean Thornton at Bleeding Royals Blue considers how much it might cost.
So lets keep him at an average of $18 million a year, which in six years would be a $108 million dollar deal. He could get slightly more than that, but if I know Moore, he would probably make the early years slightly lesser and the last few years would be heavily back-loaded. Like I said, he could get slightly more than this from the Royals, but not much more. So if Kansas City is able to pull this off, the talk is that then the Royals would go after either Moustakas or Cain, which sounds crazy, right?
The Royals will have a garage sale next month.
“We are going to be selling at rock-bottom prices some old promotional items that have collected in storage units since we renovated in 2009,” said Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president of publicity.
There will be old bobbleheads, T-shirts and other items. The bobbleheads include Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, James Shields, Mike Sweeney, Wade Davis and Mike Moustakas’ catch from the 2014 American League Championship Series.
“These things just pile up,” Cook said. “This represents a lot of the giveaways from 2009. We would give away all that we possibly could when these big bobblehead promotions came around. ...”
Nicky Lopez is opening eyes in the Arizona Fall League.
"Defense is what has gotten him there this fast," Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told MLB.com. "Offensively, he does a really good job with his at-bats. He has an advanced, mature approach to hitting. He rarely swings early in counts, but when he does go early, he gets a good pitch. His pitch selection is good. He handles the fastball well. He can situational-hit."
Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report profiles Ryan O’Hearn and talks to Shaun Newkirk.
Fangraphs wants you to guess how much Lorenzo Cain will get this winter.
Jackson County head Frank White is feuding with county legislators.
Injured Houston Texans star J.J. Watt threw out the first pitch in last night’s game.
Would you take Carlos Correa or Corey Seager?
What are the worst commercials of this MLB post-season?
The best World Series pitching performances ever includes an outing against the Royals.
Derek Jeter is butting heads with senior Marlins staff, causing people like Jeff Conine to depart.
Commissioner Rob Manfred insists baseballs aren’t juiced.
Halloween costume ideas for baseball fans.
Was this also the last run for Sporting Kansas City’s core group of players?
What is one move each NFL team could make?
Southwest Airlines is adding live music to some flights.
A strange object from outside our solar system just zoomed in front of the sun.
Your song of the day is the Paul Moer Trio with Cutie.