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Royals Rumblings - News for January 15, 2019

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Like the Royals, I am completely without power right now.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 15, 2019

New Northwest Arkansas Naturals manager Darryl Kennedy is ready for the season.

Kennedy said his history in the organization with many of the players on the Naturals roster should be a plus.

”The good thing is I’ve come up with these guys,” Kennedy said. “They know how I work and I know them and I think that has to be an advantage. Most of these guys, if not all, have played for me somewhere along the line.”

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report continues his countdown of Royals prospects with #51-55, with the well-named Evan Steele.

Having only thrown 8 innings of professional baseball since being drafted in 2017, I can understand if you laugh at us for having Steele here. Steele missed the entire 2018 season due to a shoulder injury, and finally had surgery to clean it up this off-season. I maintain the belief that, before his injury, Evan Steele could’ve competed with Josh Staumont for the best pure stuff in the entire organization. He had a funky delivery from the left side of the mound, and backed that up with a mid-90’s fastball and a wicked slider. I’m not sure if he can be a SP anymore, but he’s got Richard Lovelady potential out of the bullpen if he can just get back on the mound.

MLB.com looks at which Royals player is most likely to be here in six years.

Royals: Salvador Perez, C

He survived the last teardown. He’s their Yadier Molina -- he’ll survive any future ones.

Is there MLB collusion or is it that teams are evaluating free agents differently?

The White Sox may have made Manny Machado a seven-year offer.

Lefty Derek Holland signs with the Giants.

The Rays sign outfielder Avisail Garcia to a one-year deal.

The Padres, Reds, and Indians have discussed a three-way trade with Corey Kluber.

Is there any way MLB can avoid a strike to fix its problems?

How wearable technology will impact the future of hitting.

Remember when I asked about who you would protect in an expansion draft? A writer took suggestions from a bunch of sites and did an expansion draft.

White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti has used humor to shed light on his cerebral palsy.

Everyone is losing it over this routine by UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi.

Eight arguments against expanding the NCAA football playoffs, and why they’re bad arguments.

A Russian conspiracy theory is now trying to discredit the oldest person in the world.

The American cheese surplus hits an all-time high.

Michelle Yeoh is getting her own Star Trek spin-off show.

Your song of the day is Rage Against the Machine with Take the Power Back.