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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 19, 2019

Get well soon, Richard Lovelady!

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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 19, 2019

In his Friday notes, David Lesky thinks the Royals may make a move to improve this winter.

And so with that, they can begin the process of filling in the gaps if the right player is available who they can acquire and control for three or four years. And no, barring some miracle, the acquisition wouldn’t be for 2020, but it’s one of those things that you get something you don’t need right now because you’ll need it later and it might not be available. It’s like when you know your favorite shampoo is being discontinued so you buy eight bottles. You don’t need all eight now, but you have it when you’re ready. That’s never happened to me, though, so stop asking. There’s not much on the free agent market that can fill that need with just 14 offensive players 29 or under hitting the market, so maybe this isn’t worth the bullet point, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they make a trade that we all think is way too early to get someone for the window they believe is opening in 2021.

Clint Scoles gives thoughts on trading Danny Duffy, John Sherman, and prospect rankings in the system.

I’m going back and forth on prospect rankings and while the debate most like is the top three in Bobby Witt Jr. vs Daniel Lynch vs Jackson Kowar the bigger debate for me is Kyle Isbel vs Khalil Lee for the Royals second-ranked position prospect. The two players are fringy centerfield options considering the Royals’ proclivity to a 70-grade speed tool in centerfield. If you grade them on the defensive spectrum they are probably pretty similar. The speed is fairly even despite Lee’s 50 steals this past season as one who watches Lee notes he does that as much with his read on pitchers than he does with straight-line speed. Offensively is where it really gets mirky for the two. Both players carried a high groundball rate at High-A while Isbel had a slightly better swinging-strike rate. This is where it starts to fall in Isbel’s favor to me as he carries a better plan to the plate which doesn’t leave him in as many disadvantageous counts as Lee typically puts himself in.

Richard Lovelady had knee surgery.

A look at the best postseason performances in club history for each team.

Royals: Danny Jackson, 1985 2-1, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA

Bret Saberhagen is remembered as the hero of this Royals team -- along with Don Denkinger, of course -- but Jackson was actually the best pitcher for the Royals that postseason.

Vote for Kris Bubic for Minor League Pitcher of the Year!

Who should throw out the ceremonial first pitch for first World Series game in Nationals history?

CC Sabathia may have made his last pitching appearance.

How the new dead ball in the postseason is faking out players and cameramen.

The Phillies narrow their managerial search to Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker, and Buck Showalter.

Baseball is proposing to make major overhauls in the minor league system.

Jon Bois looks at the hit-by-pitch god, Brandon Guyer.

The Mets have a payroll predicament.

Reggie Jackson and the definition of clutch.

Looking back on the earthquake that interrupted the 1989 World Series.

Your NBA season preview.

Metta World Peace is launching a startup that aims to be Airbnb for pickup basketball games.

Could life thrive on a planet orbiting a black hole?

South Park is near a $500 million deal for its streaming rights.

Barney the Dinosaur is getting a new movie.

Your song of the day is Cannonball Adderly with Grand Central.