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Royals Rumblings - News for April 20, 2018

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To be blunt, this season is going up in smoke.

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 20, 2018

Rustin Dodd writes that despite a poor start, the Royals may be helping themselves in the long-term.

They did not anticipate this kind of start or this miserable run of cruel weather or relief collapses or 13 losses in 16 games. Yet if you take a step back, away from the eight-game losing streak and the emotions of today, you’ll notice something strange: The Royals’ season may be playing out in a way that can only help matters.

Some of the club’s most appealing trade assets are off to terrific starts. The most acute struggles have been confined to a small collection of relievers. The on-field results — a 3-13 record after a 15-5 loss (below) to the Blue Jays on Wednesday — could hasten the selling of spare parts and ensure a high pick in the 2019 draft.

Alex Gordon will join Salvador Perez on rehab assignment in Omaha this weekend.

In her mailbag, Maria Torres talks about the bullpen, and the poor start.

It’s still April. Catcher Salvador Perez’s right-handed bat is still missing from the lineup. It’s been cold. Players are struggling with timing.

But you can only blame so much of this eight-game losing streak on the bullpen.

The Royals haven’t accomplished much offensively to help themselves out. They’ve stranded a total of 111 runners for a rate of 6.9 per game. In the last eight games, they’ve hit .197 (14 for 71) with runners in scoring position.

The Royals should definitely be better than 3-13.

Jon Heyman at FanRag expects the Royals to be a big seller this summer.

The Kansas City Royals are a “slam dunk” to become a seller, one rival GM said.

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the potential trade value and suitors of Royals players.

The return for Duffy has a pretty big range. If he continues to be up and down, it’s probably not worth dealing him unless the Royals believe he’s a ticking time bomb. But if he has more outings like the one on Tuesday night, then he can bring back quite a bit from a team in need of not only a starter, but one they can use in their playoff rotation this year and in coming years. The other nice thing about Duffy is that if a team moving forward is worried about injury, he’s shown that he can be a plus in the bullpen as well, so even if his performance wanes as a starter in coming years, he can be a key piece in relief for playoff runs.

Clint Scoles at BPKC looks at the comeback of Royals minor league pitcher Bryan Brickhouse.

The Reds fired manager Bryan Price three weeks into the season, but why?

The Mariners get a triple play on a brain fart by Evan Gattis.

The Braves designate former Royals outfielder Lane Adams for assignment.

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