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Royals Rumblings - News for October 29, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 29, 2019

In his mailbag column, Jeffrey Flanagan looks at what free agents the Royals may pursue this winter.

I do think that is the one area the Royals will be as aggressive as payroll will allow. But I think you’ll see them seek out cost-efficient relievers and reclamation projects for the most part. They scored with the Jake Diekman signing last offseason and were able to flip him at the Trade Deadline. I’ve speculated they might even have interest in him again -- Diekman loved playing here, Kansas City is close to his home in Nebraska and he was popular in the clubhouse, especially with the young pitchers.

David Hill at Call to the Pen has his top ten Royals prospects list.

9. Erick Pena

Minors: Did not play

The Kansas City Royals decision to trade Carlos Beltran back in 2004 is still considered to be one of the worst deals in the history of the team. With Erick Pena, they have another chance to add a Beltran type to their lineup.

Considered one of the top international prospects this year, the Royals jumped on the chance to add Pena to the system. He signed for a $4 million bonus shortly after the international signing period began on June 2nd, allowing the Royals to get one of the top international talents from this year’s class.

The similarities are easy to see. A left handed hitter, he is considered to have a solid approach at the plate, showing an ability to hit to all fields with power. Pena shows an ability to make consistent hard contact, without missing all too often when he does swing. Although he has average speed, he dies have the ability to get a good jump on the ball and tremendous instincts which could allow him to remain in center long term.

Michael Huckins at Kings of Kauffman profiles prospect Jackson Kowar.

Cody Rickman at KC Kingdom thinks Mike Matheny is a good fit for the Royals.

Five reasons why the Nationals still have hope.

Jeff Passan writes that a blown call in Game 5 illustrates the need for robot umpires.

The two women that flashed behind home plate during the World Series are banned from all baseball stadiums.

New Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is evasive on the future of Mookie Betts.

The Pirates fire GM Neal Huntington, but Craig Edwards argues that wasn’t quite the problem.

Gabe Kapler gets a second interview with the Giants for their managerial opening.

The Yankees fire longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Why Vlatko Andonovski makes sense as the new head coach of the US Women’s National Team.

Deadspin’s new bosses tell the staff to stick to sports.

The sharp rise and stunning collapse of a cybersecurity firm that included accusations of fraud and extortion.

Apple TV+ has money to burn but is still short on shows.

The beauty of AMC’s Lodge 49.

Your song of the day is Milla Jovovich with Gentleman Who Fell.