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Royals Rumblings - News for November 14, 2019

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Is Alex Gordon close to returning?

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 14, 2019

Dayton Moore may be preparing to bring Alex Gordon back, according to Lynn Worthy.

Tuesday at the MLB General Managers’ meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona, Royals general manager Dayton Moore gave a strong indication that Gordon remains very much part of the club’s offseason plans. It would appear that the only factor remaining would be contract negotiations.

“I think with Gordo, the feeling is mutual,” Moore said. “He’s been a huge part of this organization for a long time. He’s been here longer than I have. In fact, we both came to Kansas City at the same time — 2007 was our first year here together, first full season together. There’s a strong commitment to bring Alex back.”

The Royals expect to make an announcement on their coaching staff soon.

Pitching coach Cal Eldred seemed to acknowledge he’ll return, in an interview with MLB.com. Matheny and Eldred were teammates with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Eldred also served as an assistant to the general manager for the Cardinals during Matheny’s tenure as manager (2013-15).

“Mike, myself, along with the rest of our baseball operations staff are currently discussing the roles for our major league coaching staff and certainly considering everybody internally, as we always do,” Moore said. “We’re getting close to possibly announcing some things.”

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Scott Boras thinks Mike Moustakas is getting screwed by the free agent sytem.

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The Yankees and Phillies are eyeing Madison Bumgarner.

How GMs are adapting to new rules.

Ben Clemens at Fangraphs looks at whether “clean innings” matter.

Why the Astros must admit they cheated.

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The Cardinals bring back pitcher Adam Wainwright.

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