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Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2018

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers how the Royals will manage the 40-man roster this off-season.

Nick Dini and Xavier Fernandez are both catchers who could be solid and might attract attention as big league backups right now. The Royals are so rich in catching that they really can’t afford to add them unless they make some cuts elsewhere. This won’t thrill people, but I’m guessing they don’t add Frank Schwindel either because they feel he’s a good risk to not be lost. D.J. Burt is eligible as well, and he’s a guy they may lose, but I just don’t see how they can use a 40-man spot on him either. The same is true for Donnie Dewees. They have plenty of fourth outfielder types, so if they lose him, oh well.

Mark Feinsand at looks at each team’s biggest off-season needs.

Royals: Relief pitchingThe Royals’ 5.04 bullpen ERA ranked 29th in MLB, ahead of only the Marlins. Considering that Kansas City’s 2014-15 World Series teams were built largely on the strength of strong bullpens, it would make sense for general manager Dayton Moore to bolster his relief corps, rather than spending on starters.Potential FA targets: Cody Allen, Joe Kelly, Justin Wilson

Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report writes that Scott Blewett is having a fine Arizona Fall League season.

You could say Blewett’s adjustment to the Texas League was slow. But he is certainly making up for lost time facing the best hitters he has ever faced in the AFL. Blewett is a guy the Royals have to make a roster decision on soon. He is Rule 5 eligible and if he is tearing up the AFL like this by the end of the season, someone is putting him in their bullpen hoping that 95 mph heater plays up.

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