Weekend Rumblings - News for October 7, 2017
Rustin Dodd writes that Dayton Moore is still keeping all his options open.
“We can go one of two ways,” Moore said plainly. “We can decide to just gut the team the best we can and save as much money as possible and play for draft picks, and maybe that’s ultimately what we could end up doing. It’s too early to predict that right now.
“I think there’s some other things that we’d like to execute if possible — see what happens with our free agents. Everybody assumes that we are just going to just get blown away in free agency, and we don’t have a chance. They may be right, but I think everybody felt that way about Alex Gordon at the time. That fell back to us. You just never really know.”
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers bringing back Eric Hosmer.
And in a way, I have a hard time seeing how the Royals can’t bring Hosmer back. It’s likely going to cost between $125 million and $175 million to be the highest bidder for Hosmer. That doesn’t mean that’s how high the Royals will have to go because he might take a slight discount to stay with the team he knows and loves, but they’ll probably have to at least double the largest contract they’ve ever given out....But unless budget is no longer going to be a concern for the Royals, I just can’t see putting that much of your payroll on the shoulders of one player, no matter how great he could be. It’s a harsh reality of baseball today, but I’m just not sure I see the ultimate wisdom in re-signing Hosmer for the money it’s likely to take.
Jon Heyman at FanRag gives the latest on Dayton Moore.
There is speculation again that GM Dayton Moore is a target of the Braves. While Moore has a long-term deal, it is believed he has an arrangement where he could leave for the right job, and the Braves did show interest two years ago, when it is believed he could have gone there had he wanted to leave. However, someone close to Moore said he “loves Mr. Glass,” referring to the Royals’ owner.
Heyman adds the Royals will give a Qualifying Offer on Lorenzo Cain, but not Jason Vargas.
Lee Judge looks at which ballparks could benefit Eric Hosmer as a home park.
Emmanuel Rivera and Foster Griffin are named Royals Hitting and Pitching Prospects of 2017 by MLB Pipeline.
Outfielders Seuly Matias and Michael Gigliotti are named top Appalachian League prospects by Baseball America.
Kevin Seitzer will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Former Royals closer Greg Holland has a decision to make this winter.
Executives are spilling the beans on the dysfunction in the Braves front office.
The Diamondbacks are under investigation because a coach wore an electronic watch during the Wild Card game.
The Yankees say they want to get under the luxury tax threshold.
Giancarlo Stanton may be available, but is he worth the risk?
Was 2017 unintentionally a success for the Tigers?
Is Christian Pulisic ready to carry the U.S. Men’s National Team?
The NFL is being sued for its handling of mental health issues.
Dog poop is sending people to the hospital in 12 states.
AOL’s instant messaging service will shut down after 20 years.
Which is the definitive version of Blade Runner?
Your song of the day is the Chet Baker Trio with How Deep is the Ocean?