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Royals Rumblings - News for December 6, 2017

It all comes down to Hos.

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 6, 2017

Jeffrey Flanagan previews next week’s Winter Meetings, saying the Royals’ off-season hinges on Eric Hosmer.

It might all depend on what happens with Hosmer.

If the Royals were able to sign Hosmer, they could go virtually all in again toward a playoff run in a division in which only the Indians and Twins are legitimate contenders. Or if Hosmer signs elsewhere, Kansas City could back up the truck do a full rebuild aimed at making another pennant run in 2020-21.

"We just have to see what the market dictates," Moore said. "We're prepared for all possibilities."

Dayton Moore is non-committal about whether new Royals pitcher Wily Peralta will pitch in the rotation or the bullpen.

“He’s performed in both roles in the past,” Moore said. “He’s shown flashes of success in both roles. We see him as someone who’s potentially on the rebound.”

The Royals are also excited about the addition of young prospect Yefri del Rosario, who idolized Yordano Ventura.

“We’re excited to have this kid in our organization,” said Rene Francisco, the Royals’ assistant general manager for international operations. “He’s another power arm with good makeup. That’s the way our people have seen him.

The young right-handed pitcher is ranked #25 in the Royals’ farm system by MLB Pipeline.

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report looks at the impact of the del Rosario signing.

In Rosario, the Royals are adding a mid-90’s arm who has a good chance to start with a supposedly above average curve and a quickly developing change. That sounds like a great addition, adding depth and elite talent to the Royals SP prospect group. Del Rosario has also grown 2 inches in the last year and added 15 lbs. There is a good possibility he is still growing since he is only 18 years old.

Scouts aren’t sure that he’ll stay a starter long-term but right now he looks like a solid addition to the Top 10 pitchers in our system. I think he starts at extended spring and then goes to Burlington, but the Lexington Legends tweeted there is a good chance he suits up with them this year.

The Tigers sign outfielder Leonys Martin.

The Angels scoop up former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan.

Looking at the Rule 5 draft through KATOH, the Fangraphs formula.

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wants to know what you think of your team’s front office.

Could stripping down payroll be good for the Marlins?

What should the Nationals do before Bryce Harper hits free agency?

Former Braves GM John Coppolella is “disgraced and humbled.”

Jose Altuve and J.J. Watt are named Sports Illustrated Sportspersons of the Year.

CBS Sports accidentally steals some Royals Review articles without attribution.

The Philadelphia Eagles are practicing at Angels Stadium, which is silly because they are a football team!

Details on the awful behavior towards women by former Royals catcher Gregg Zaun when he was an analyst for the Blue Jays TV network.

The Supreme Court is showing signs it may strike down the federal ban on sports gambling.

Disney may be close to purchasing some FOX properties, including regional sports networks like Fox Sports Kansas City.

Peak pricing on a toll road in Virginia can cause a 10-mile stretch to cost $40.

The unexpected logic of area codes.

The best TV shows of 2017.

Your song of the day is Coconut Records with West Coast.