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Royals Rumblings - News for November 28, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 28, 2018

Dayton Moore is looking for a backup shortstop, and it won’t necessarily be Nicky Lopez.

“I think we’ll be very observant and open-minded to veteran players that perhaps are left standing a little bit [in free agency],” Moore told MLB.com. “When you evaluate our current roster, we definitely need someone who can back up at shortstop on the 25-man roster. We have to look at that. Who that is right now, I can’t tell you.”

Sam Mellinger considers the hiring of Mike Matheny.

Dayton Moore has liked and respected Matheny for a while, and when the Cardinals fired him, the Royals were interested immediately. I understand that it makes for a fun thing to talk about, but I’m not convinced Matheny will be the next manager.

I want to be clear. It’s probably likelier than not, and whether it’s been said directly, this is sort of a trial run for Matheny and the Royals. But there are a lot of moving parts, including others who might be or become available, Matheny’s own ambitions, Ned Yost’s future, and other timing issues.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report has some trade ideas between the Royals and Astros involving Salvy and Whit.

Astros get:

Whit Merrifield

Royals get:

OF Myles Straw

LHP Cionel Perez

Myles Straw walks a lot and stole 72 bases in 2018. He’s 24 and big league ready. He doesn’t hit a ton, but he’d be on base enough to wreak havoc on the base paths and offer some defensive value for KC.

The Tigers appear to have a deal with pitcher Matt Moore.

Jesse Chavez signs with the Rangers on a two-year deal.

The Mariners have discussed trading Robinson Cano deal back to the Yankees.

Why its time for the Giants to trade Madison Bumgarner.

The new Mets GM may have a conflict of interest because he used to be the agent for some of his players.

Dave Dombrowski is named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year.

Why are sliders so hard to hit?

MLB strikes a gaming partnership with MGM.

What professional athletes really think of women coaching men.

A bizarre decision causes the World Chess Championship to go to a sudden-death overtime format today.

Chinese scientists claim to have the world’s first gene-edited baby.

The FEC rules that Kid Rock could not have run for Senate as “Kid Rock.”

The best metal albums of 2018.

Your song of the day is Aerosmith with Round and Round.