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Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2017

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2017

Ken Rosenthal thinks the Giancarlo Stanton trade could benefit free agents like Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain.

The trade is terrific news for Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce and the rest of the hitters on the open market. Stanton went to a club that was not expected to pursue significant offensive help, leaving teams in need of offense—the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and others—with the same holes.

Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo says the Giants will now target Mike Moustakas, but Giants beat writer Henry Schulman says not to fast.

Lorenzo Cain could be in their sights as well.

Jeffrey Flanagan writes that hanging onto Salvador Perez will be crucial for a rebuild.

As the Royals ponder a possible rebuild in 2018 and beyond, there is one rock solid piece who will be vital next season: catcher Salvador Perez.

"The truth is," one rival scout said, "the Royals are not the same team when Salvy isn't there. He has a presence on defense and at the plate."

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City shares a few names that could interest the Royals in the Rule 5 draft this week.

It’s much easier to hide a pitcher all season long, and if Cal Eldred gives a good report, Rob Kaminsky might be a guy to watch for. He has trouble staying healthy, but he’s put up some good numbers and maybe there’s something they can build on with him. I would also take a shot on Joe Broussard from the Dodgers. He’s been a solid reliever with great strikeout rates and good enough control to translate. Nick Burdi from the Twins is another pitcher who can’t stay healthy, but man does he have a good arm. On the other side of the ball, if the Royals are serious about trading Whit Merrifield, Travis Demeritte would be a nice pickup. He has surprising pop and plays really good defense at second base. He’s quick too. He will strike out and strike out a lot, but there are worse guys to bridge to the future than him.

Danny Duffy is ready to evacuate his home in southern California due to the wildfires.

Mike Moustakas had among the most extreme spray charts in 2017.

A look at the James Shields trade, five years later.

Reviewing the Brew thinks the Brewers should try to trade for Danny Duffy or Whit Merrifield.

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are elected to the Hall of Fame.

The Cubs land reliever Brandon Morrow.

The Cardinals sign reliever Luke Gregerson.

Boston is interested in Kyle Schwarber.

What’s next for teams after the Ohtani and Stanton deals?

The Giancarlo Stanton trade is a disgrace to baseball.

What are players traded for international pool money worth?

Rockies farm director discusses local kid Riley Pint.

The sports world rallies around a kid talking about being bullied in a viral video.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield wins the Heisman.

Can ESPN manage its own decline?

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Is Elon Musk allowed to send his car into deep space?

A field guide to the new Star Wars creatures.

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