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Royals Rumblings - News for January 2, 2019

I’m still writing “2015 World Champion Royals” on all my checks.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 2, 2019 reporter Jeffrey Flanagan looks at what the Royals have left to do this off-season.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore has only a few million to spend to keep under his targeted payroll limit of $92 million, so expect Moore to be patient with the relievers market and wait until Spring Training nears before he makes his move. Typically, some bullpen arms hold out through January in hopes of landing $5 million or $6 million deals. When there are no takers, that’s when the bargains come. Expect Moore to land a veteran arm or two in the $2 million range to bolster a bullpen that clearly was the weakest link on the 2018 team.

Sports Illusrated has New Year’s resolutions for each team.

It’s been more than a decade since a team stole 200 bases or more. (2007 New York Mets, led by Jose Reyes and David Wright.) The 2019 Royals might be able to challenge that with Terrance Gore, Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield. Well—if they can figure out a way for Gore and Hamilton to get on base.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman looks at the outfield logjam.

Baseball Prospectus Kansas City says goodbye.

Hunter Dozier reveals the gender of his new baby.

Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi signs an interesting deal with the Mariners.

The Diamondbacks are talking trades for pitcher Robbie Ray.

Buster Olney thinks players may have to take drastic measures to address a stagnant market (INSIDER).

Anthony Castrovince at gives 19 bold predictions on the 2019 baseball year.

A choose-your-own-adventure, Bryce Harper edition.

Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs reveals his virtual Hall of Fame ballot.

Floyd Mayweather fought a Japanese kickboxer and it went as well as you would have expected.

This was one of the most predictable college football seasons since the 1970s.

NASA’s New Horizon is studying things up close further than any other spacecraft.

Netflix says 45 million people have watched Bird Box, but no one knows if that’s true or not.

Sci-fi and fantasy books to look forward to in 2019.

Your song of the day is The Chamber Brothers with Time Has Come Today.