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Royals Rumblings - News for June 30, 2017

Because...go for it.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 30, 2017

Joe Posnanski lays out why he thinks Dayton Moore will go for it.

Moore figures life is too short to voluntarily go back to that. His feeling is that as long as this window is even slightly open, he owes it to the fans, to the players, to ownership and to his own distaste for bad baseball to ride it out, to go for it one more time. There are deeper reasons to keep it together — the Royals are negotiating a new TV deal, for example, and diving head first into rebuilding mode doesn’t help negotiations. Also, Moore has been largely unimpressed with the offers coming his way and is unconvinced that he couldn’t do better with the draft picks should he be unable to sign the players.

But mostly, I think Dayton will go all in because life is short. The Royals’ rise reinvigorated Kansas City, brought baseball back to the center of the heartland, inspired a whole new generation of fans all over. He knows, of course, that some hard monetary realities lie just ahead, and the Royals could find themselves in a deep rebuilding mode, something that would not be a lot of fun for anybody in Kansas City who already endured it once.

With July around the corner trade winds are starting to pick up.

At least one rival AL executive believes Kansas City will hang on to its players and try to get to October.

They want to win; they've seen the magic and how it all comes together, so I can see Kansas City ownership saying, 'Let's go for it,'" the executive said. "There's such an affinity in Kansas City for that team and those guys. If they decide they need to rebuild, they can rebuild later."

Moore doesn’t see this year as one last run for the Royals.

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers Dayton Moore’s comments that the Royals may be buyers.

Since Moore floats the idea, it does seem difficult to believe they will be “buyers” at the deadline. The farm system is improving and the recent draft looks promising, but there isn’t a Sean Manaea type prospect lurking in the system that can bring back a blue chip player. A package can certainly be cobbled together, but without a standout type of minor leaguer, it’s difficult to imagine adding a Ben Zobrist or Johnny Cueto piece to the puzzle. Any kind of buying that will be done feels like adding a complementary piece like Josh Willingham.

Still, all options are on the table. As they should be.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report has an in-depth look at Royals 2017 second-round pick M.J. Melendez.

Lee Judge explains why you give Salvador Perez the green light on a 3-0 count.

Leigh Oleszczak of KC Kingdom thinks 2018 may be scary for Royals fans.

The Cardinals demote former All-Star shortstop Aledyms Diaz.

Bartolo Colon is let go by the Braves.

Trea Turner breaks his wrist.

The Giants are an embarrassing pit of despair.

Grant Brisbee tracks all 31 successful stolen base attempts against Miguel Montero.

A 16-year old Brazilian pitcher is drawing interest in the international free agent market.

One of the baseball players used in the movie Bull Durham talks about his experience hitting against Tim Robbins.

Financial ruin drove former NFL runningback Clinton Portis to the brink of murder.

The excitement over FC Cincinnati’s win over the Chicago Fire shows there are no limits to American soccer.

Is mind-melding actually possible in the future?

Why you should care about the slow death of the electric guitar.

The soundtrack to Baby Driver is a music nerd’s dream.

Your song of the day is Mos Def with Brooklyn.