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Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2019

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Will the Royals be running under Matheny?

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2019

Lynn Worthy looks at the decisions the Royals will have to make this off-season.

Figuring out what they want to do in the outfield and whether or not Gordon will be part of it will set the table for a lot of decisions.

If Gordon retires, that also opens an everyday spot for Merrifield or another player if Soler is a full-time DH.

The Royals could always choose to trade one of their established players — perhaps Merrifield or Soler — for pitching help. That would also free up space for either internal options in the outfield or a free-agent addition.

Jeffrey Flanagan looks at the top Royals moments from 2019.

1. Sept. 3: Soler the new KC home-run champ

The Royals knew it was only a matter of time before Soler would set the single-season home-run mark. And on this night, Soler set the record with his 39th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning off Daniel Norris of the Tigers. The homer broke Mike Moustakas’ record of 38. Kansas City won, 6-5.

Jeff Zimmerman looks at whether the Royals will steal bases under Mike Matheny.

Again, nothing points to Matheny hating stolen bases but I’d love to the narrative to continue. If anything, he may give Adalberto Mondesi a stronger green light. Making the assumption that the above increase in stolen bases happens to Mondesi and he gets 500 PA, he’ll see about a 2 SB increase (47.2 SB to 49.8 SB) in his stolen bases per PA. It’s not a ton, but it’s not the huge drop everyone is predicting.

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman looks at minor league free agents that can help the Royals.

Cody Rickman at KC Kingdom thinks the Royals should look at second baseman Devon Travis.

Peter Alonso and Yordan Alvarez win Rookie of the Year.

What to watch for at the General Manager Meetings this week.

Can the Nationals keep the band together?

The Angels, Padres, and White Sox are showing early interest in Zach Wheeler.

The Marlins have interest in Nicholas Castellanos.

The Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs exceeded the luxury tax threshhold this year.

There are too many good third basemen right now.

Jay Jaffe makes the case for Lou Whitaker to be in Cooperstown.

The bloody, secret life of NHL dentists.

11,000 people illegally watched the Logan Paul vs. KSI fight on some dude’s glasses.

The internet is getting less free around the world.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is already on the charts.

AV Club lists the 100 best shows of the 2010s.

Your song of the day is Metallica with Nothing Else Matters.