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Royals Rumblings - News for November 18, 2019

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Are you okay with the Royals being cheap this winter?

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 18, 2019

In his Friday notes, David Lesky is okay with the Royals having a limited budget....for now.

Paying the bad team tax isn’t worth it yet. What’ll bother me is if all that does happen and it looks like the Royals are, let’s say, a center fielder and a reliever away going into 2021 (just go along for this ride with me, don’t argue the dates) and they don’t even check in on someone to trade for or sign then I’ll be upset. And yes, I very much hope this new ownership group is willing to eat some money on deals to bring back better prospects in trades and all that, but I can’t even begin to get worked up about payroll discussion. And add to that the fact that almost any public quote about payroll is going to err on the low side because it keeps some leverage and doesn’t lend itself to disappointing fans if and when they can’t make good on their promise. Think about the White Sox last year, throwing all sorts of money around, or at least talking about it. How disappointing is that when they got Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay in the end? Let’s just see how this plays out.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman is also okay with a low profile in free agency.

Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors writes about how the Royals may look to lock up young players.

Though they won’t be spending to add from the outside, the Royals will consider plunking down cash to secure the services of existing players into the future, according to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan (via Twitter). He lists Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier, and Adalberto Mondesi as conceivable extension candidates. One might speculatively add hurler Brad Keller to that group as well.

Of that slate of possibilities for long-term deals, only Soler is nearing the open market. While the 27-year-old has finally hit his stride, it’s debatable how wise it would be to lock into a bat-first corner outfielder. But there’s certainly merit to pursuing a deal at the right price. The other players listed have even more still to prove, though Mondesi does offer tantalizing upside as an extension candidate.

MLB.com lists the best athlete in each organization.

Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS (No. 1/MLB No. 8) - The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft can do everything very well on the baseball field. He has 20-20 potential given his power and speed. That quickness also allows him to be a plus defender at shortstop with outstanding range and a cannon for an arm. As a bonus, his makeup and passion for the game allow his athleticism to play up.

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The Rangers unveil a new $12.5 million academy in the Dominican Republic.

Historian John Thorn writes about the three true outcomes, and a possible fourth.

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