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Weekend Rumblings - News for November 16, 2019

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Weekend Rumblings - News for November 16, 2019

Lynn Worthy reports that Dayton Moore will look at the free agent pitching market in his notes from the GM meetings.

“There’s a lot of championship-caliber starters on the market,” Moore said this week at the MLB general managers’ meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona. “We’re certainly going to explore that market. I can’t sit here and tell you that we’re going to be in a position to execute anything, but we’ll explore that market.”

Bradford Doolittle previews the Royals’ offseason for ESPN.

Well, clearly the Royals aren’t positioned to get splashy in the free-agent market. They have a roster full of maybe/could-be types whom they need to get more concrete information on in 2020. They have a few prospects who could start to bubble up to the majors next season as well. You don’t want to block anyone’s opportunity at this point.

So, should GM Dayton Moore and his staff stock up on Bermuda shorts and head for the Caribbean after next month’s winter meetings? Well, not quite. There is one area in which the Royals should be stocking up on buy-low types through the free-agent market: the bullpen.

Jonathan Mayo at looks at the state of the Royals’ farm system.

Every prospect in the organizational top 10 came via the Draft, with seven of the 10 coming from the efforts in 2018 and 2019. Seuly Matias is the top-ranked international player at No. 11, as three of the next five (in the 11-15 set) were international amateur free agent signings....

The Royals had a stretch where they were more successful in developing homegrown pitching, but they’re back to being much more hitting-heavy these days, with only two arms in the top 10. There’s a lot of infield talent on the way, with eight of the top 15 playing on the dirt.

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles scrutinizes the Royals’ exploits in free agency.

Lately, GMDM has focused on position and hasn’t found much in return as the Royals budget has them fishing in the pond that doesn’t get stocked. The team should be looking at building value positionally instead of at team needs. Last year they looked at centerfield and signed a weak-hitting speedy centerfielder in Billy Hamilton when the bargain of the offseason was probably Michael Brantley at a position the Royals didn’t see a need for. Could they have landed Brantley at the 2/31m the Astros did? Definitely not but at 31 he would have had considered hard if he should take a 3 or 4-year deal at 45 60m from the Royals.

Vahe Gregorian talks to Whitey Herzog and Tony LaRussa about Mike Matheny’s chances for success.

Michael Huckins at Kings of Kauffman considers Michael Pineda as a free agent target for the Royals.

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The Cubs have had long-term contract talks with Javier Baez.

The Yokohama BayStars have posted slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

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The Blue Jays are eyeing the starting pitching free agent market.

Mark Feinsand of has his takeaways from the GM meetings this week.

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