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Royals Rumblings - News for December 21, 2017

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Man, there is nothing going on in Royalsland right now.

Craig Brown looks toward the Royals’ 2017 payroll situation:

Just over $113 million for 14 players. That puts the Royals above the Rosenthal Budget with 11 spots remaining. Major league minimum in 2018 is set at $545,000. So throw another $6 million or so into the fire for the under three years of service time crew and the Royals are clocking in right around $120 million.

And that’s before re-signing Eric Hosmer.

This feels like a good place to note that GMDM has pledged austerity in one form or another since the parade ended at Union Station. And both times he blew past the previously (loosely) stated budget. So things are fluid. Opportunities arise. Stuff happens.

Looks like Matt Adams won’t be a Royal. Neither will Yonder Alonso.

Travis Wood is free to rebecome a Royal.

The Royals are looking for a Baseball Operations Systems Analyst. Apply if you want your work to be ignored.

Craig Edwards argues that the Mets shouldn’t squander this opportunity.

Michael Dell’s investment fund is going to make out well regardless of how the cash poor Marlins perform.

The Giants succeeded in realizing their dream of getting more olderer by trading for Evan Longoria.

The Gallagher Brothers’ feud is finally, mercifully over.

Apparently Netflix has already ordered a sequel to Bright. In other news, advance reviews of Bright are less than enthusiastic.

What do you do when you find a mammoth on your farm?

Apple cops to slowing older iPhones because of flagging batteries.

Key Facebook builders are disowning their creation.

The song of the day is “Fish Heads” by Barnes & Barnes: