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Royals Rumblings - News for November 26, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 26, 2018

The Royals hire former Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as a special adviser.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Royals in this capacity,” said Matheny. “I’ve long respected the accomplishments of Dayton and his staff while developing a winning culture in Kansas City. This is a great chance for me to contribute in a variety of areas that will include player development and scouting. After being in uniform for the majority of my professional career, this is a unique opportunity that I could not pass up.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City discusses the players the Royals protected from the Rule 5 draft.

As for the players the Royals did protect – Scott Blewett, Josh Staumont and Arnaldo Hernandez – I think those are interesting choices. Hernandez was one of the more interesting cases they had, and while I’m not surprised they did add him to the 40-man, I wasn’t sure they’d do it. I think Blewett was sort of on the bubble before his strong Arizona Fall League performance, but I am a little surprised Jecksson Flores didn’t get added. He maybe isn’t a true shortstop, but he can handle the position and broke through big time in 2018 offensively. I think the odds are that he doesn’t get picked, so it’s not that big of a deal, but I just thought he had a shot. In all three of the pitchers they did add, I think they all have an opportunity to impact the big league club.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman answers mailbag questions such as who will be in next year’s rotation?

Danny Duffy, Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, and then whoever has the best Spring Training. This could be Trevor Oaks getting a full year to prove himself. Maybe they give Ian Kennedy one last chance before moving him to the bullpen like they did Luke Hochevar (also trying to boost his trade value). They also have Heath Fillmyer and Eric Skoglund to look at.

If I had to put money down (which I’m not) I would say they start the year with Duffy, Keller, Junis, Kennedy, and Oaks in the rotation, with Kennedy moving to the bullpen by June and Fillmyer taking over.

Ian Kennedy helps out handing out meals at a homeless shelter in town.

Richard Justice writes about one player from each team the fans should be thankful for.

Royals: Salvador Perez led the wave of touted prospects that arrived in 2011 and eventually helped the Royals to reach the World Series in consecutive seasons (2014-15). He’s still around, beloved by fans and teammates alike, hopeful of leading the Royals back into contention.

Jim Callis looks at one intriguing unprotected player from each team for the Rule 5 draft.

Bo knows walk-offs.

The Seibu Lions will post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi in December.

The income tax implications of where Bryce Harper ends up signing.

Why the Rays designated slugger C.J. Cron for assignment after a 30-home run season.

Why trade rumors of Giancarlo Stanton heading to the Giants don’t make sense.

The cold reality of the blockbuster contract.

The Atlanta Braves are making a ton of money.

Alex Rodriguez tries to sell baseball to England.

The Reds owe $88,000 in back taxes because bobbleheads aren’t free giveaways.

MLB wants a return of their campaign contribution to a controversial Senate candidate.

Due to technical difficulties, Bleacher Report ended up airing the Phil Mickelson/Tiger Woods match for free.

Texas A&M and LSU play one of the craziest college football games ever.

Online shopping is terrible for the environment, but it doesn’t have to be.

You can get paid to wait in line for someone.

People want a Back to the Future re-boot, but why?

Your song of the day is Huey Lewis with Power of Love.