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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 27, 2018

Is it Bubba time?

Spring training: Seattle at Kansas City John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images

Weekend Rumblings - News for January 27, 2018

Dayton Moore is a bit vague in what Raúl Mondesí’s role will be this year.

“We’re not putting any limitations on him,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on Friday at the team’s annual FanFest. “He can play second base, he can play short, he’s good enough to play center field. We’ll see how that emerges. We don’t have a clear vision of that right now, other than to simply say that he is a talent that we expect to develop.”

Vahe Gregorian writes that the Royals writes that there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what the Royals will do this year.

“Historically, this time of year there’s not a lot of movement because the teams are pretty much set, so there’s usually this lull in the industry where everybody’s just kind of idling waiting for spring training to begin,” Moore said. “That couldn’t be further from the case as we sit here today.”

Especially so for the Royals, who won’t be buyers even with 150-plus free agents available as of Moore’s count on Wednesday — such an enormous group that Moore says “it’s quite obvious that a large percentage of them will not have jobs in the major leagues” to start the season.

Brandon Moss has been getting his first baseman’s mitt ready, if needed.

“I can definitely play first base,” Moss said. “I’m not Eric Hosmer at first base. I’ve never been in a discussion for a Gold Glove (and) probably never will be. But I can definitely get the job done.

“I think I’m a good defender. The numbers say different sometimes. But somehow the numbers don’t really agree with Eric at first base, either.”

Danny Duffy wants to be a “better man” after his DUI last year.

Salvador Perez says he will miss his buddy Lorenzo Cain.

Bubba Starling is looking forward to being in the mix in centerfield.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore doesn’t expect Bubba Starling to be the team’s opening day center fielder.

But he doesn’t want Starling thinking that way.

“He may expect that, and that’s good,” Moore said. “And if he wins it, he wins it.”

Ned Yost talks about the recovery from his serious accident last fall.

“[Doctors] said somewhere between 9 months and 12 months, but I’m still supposed to be in a wheelchair right now too, so I’m way ahead of schedule. Feeling really good. Moving good,” Yost said.

Outfielder Seuly Matias tops the list of Royals prospects from Baseball Prospectus (pay site).

Royals Review reader Lance Feyh gets his fictional short story on Moe Berg published at Hardball Times.

Speaking of Moe Berg, Paul Rudd is playing him in a new film.

Padres fans figured out the simple way the team’s social media accounts were hacked.

MLB free agents may set up their own spring training camp.

Jon Heyman takes a look at why the market is so slow.

Vladimir Guerero will become the first player with an Angels cap in the Hall of Fame.

The MLBPA is raising concerns about the Marlins’ and Pirates’ spending practices.

NCAA President Mark Emmert knew about sexual assault reports at Michigan State as early as 2010.

Why Manchester United is the world’s biggest underachiever.

The site Sports on Earth is shutting down.

The HBO Andre the Giant documentary has a trailer and it looks awesome.

Why do we forget most of the books we read?

Steeply discounted Nutella is causing chaos and riots in France.

Your song of the day is Stanley Turrentine with Sugar.