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Royals Rumblings - News for February 19, 2018

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Moving on from Hos.

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 19, 2018

Dayton Moore is ready to move on from the last era of Royals baseball.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said even with the money saved from Eric Hosmer agreeing to a deal with the Padres, the club is unlikely to pursue other costly free agents, and that includes Mike Moustakas.

”I’ve been very clear we have two objectives this offseason,” Moore said at an impromptu news conference on Sunday afternoon. “We have to build our farm system back to what it was in 2010-2011, and we have to get payroll at a level to get us more flexible for the future.

”That period of time [of high payrolls], that phase of who we are, is over. We need to move on.”

Ned Yost is non-committal about who will play first base.

“I have no solution right now,” Yost said. “There are still free agents out there. That may or may not be a solution right now. There’s not a lot of them out there. And they have to fit with what we want to do.”...

”It has to be the right guy,” Yost said. “It has to be a guy with tremendous makeup and a team player, and preferably left-handed if we can get it. And you would like [a good defender].”

Danny Duffy wants to put the drama of 2017 behind him.

“Everybody has flaws. Everybody had things happen in their life they wish didn’t,” Duffy said. “Once I hit the bottom floor, there was no way to go but up. I’m excited to erase and re-record.

”What I put myself through in regards to the thing that happened in August last year, I don’t want to see any of these kids put anybody else’s life in danger like I did. I’m looking forward to really setting out to being the last Royal to have that happened to. That’s my ultimate goal.”

New Royals pitcher Scott Barlow talks about his off-season baling hay.

Sad news - Alex Gordon’s father Michael has passed away.

Travis Sawchick at Fangraphs writes about how Jake Odorizzi, acquired Saturday by the Twins, is an adjustment away.

The Rays acquire first baseman C.J. Cron and designate 2017 All-Star Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Former pitcher Jake Peavy tries to pick up the pieces of his life.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson insists Tim Tebow will be in the big leagues someday.

Joey Votto tried to get fatter this winter.

Evan Longoria feels sorry for the Rays fanbase.

What are the Hall of Fame chances for some current players?

Buster Olney and Jon Heyman are having a scoop war.

Jeffrey Loria is claiming a paper loss on his sale of the Marlins to avoid splitting profits with Miami-Dade County.

Would you take the opportunity to actually play in a Major League game?

Ranking the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest slam dunks.

USA Swimming covered up sexual abuse for decades.

How the cryptocurrency crazy may be keeping us from finding aliens.

Black Panther has the highest-opening weekend ever for a February release.

The Netflix comedy Everything Sucks! twists 90s nostalgia.

Your song of the day is The Supremes with It’s So Hard For Me to Say Goodbye.