Royals Rumblings - News for November 6, 2018
Rustin Dodd at The Athletic previews the General Manager’s meetings this week.
On the final day of the season, Moore indicated that he viewed super utility man Whit Merrifield as an important part of the club’s future, reiterating a stance he voiced before the trade deadline.
“For us to win going forward,” Moore said, “we need Whit Merrifield on the team. And we have him under control for the next four years.”
Merrifield, though, is a good player on a rebuilding club, and good players are usually in demand. So don’t be surprised to hear Merrifield’s name bandied about this offseason, even if Moore continues to downplay his desire to move him.
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers Whit Merrifield and other names that could pop up in trade rumors.
I’m personally torn here because I love Merrifield and would love to see him with the Royals for as long as possible. His two best positions, second base and center field, both have young solutions in the organization who are both at least close to ready. The Royals are likely going to want a top 30 prospect, top 75 prospect and two more for Whit. They’d likely get offered a top 50-60 prospect and two more, with one maybe being in the back of the top 100. I don’t think they’d jump at that, but you’ll probably hear about it starting this week.
The Royals are here to do two things: Drink beer and cut payroll.
Royals goals: 1. Improve bullpen 2. Rebuild 3. Cut payroll #GMmeetings— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 5, 2018
Is Mike Matheny coming to Kansas City?
Mike Matheny is a candidate for advisory role with the royals. @dgoold 1st mentioned— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 5, 2018
Former Royals outfielder Lou Piniella is one of ten names on the Today’s Game Era ballot for the Hall of Fame.
Leigh Oleszczak of KC Kingdom thinks the Royals could bring back Mike Moustakas.
Rookie of the Year finalists are named, but no Brad Keller.
Fangraphs ranks the top 50 free agents.
The second base free agent market looks great for buyers.
MLB could be making changes to the trade deadline.
The Giants may be offering a job to Dodgers GM Farhad Zaidi.
Is free agency economically sound?
Exploring the idea of the Yankees trading Sonny Gray.
Analytics guru Sig Mejdal is leaving the Astros.
Floyd Mayweather will fight a kickboxer half his age.
Amazon will pick two locations for its second headquarters.
The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes will live on in movies.
Your song of the day is Spice Girls with Wannabe.