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Weekend Rumblings - News for November 2, 2019

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Weekend Rumblings - News for November 2, 2019

Jeffrey Flanagan doesn’t expect the Royals to be active in free agency.

The Royals certainly will go bargain shopping for pitching, like they did last year with Homer Bailey (league minimum) and Jake Diekman ($2.75M). It wouldn’t be surprising if they check in on Diekman this offseason -- he loved playing in Kansas City and was well-respected in the clubhouse. And as always, the Royals will kick the tires on some potential reclamation projects, maybe even a Jeremy Hellickson or someone similar. But pending new owner John Sherman likely will play it conservative with payroll until Kansas City is ready to contend again, maybe in 2021.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy looks to what the Royals might do in free agency.

The Royals aren’t likely to spend much in free agency but they need to look to add an effective right-handed relief option. While the biggest bet would be to invest big on Dellin Betances after an injury plague ‘19 I doubt very much that they could compete with other teams that will be in his market. From there the Royals should look to a former fan and a familiar face looking for a bounceback. In his younger days, Blake Treinen was a Royals fan and after a down season in Oakland, he could be an attainable option. It’s a risky move with a back injury that was a stress reaction that could turn into a fracture but if he would rebound all the way Treinan has the type of stuff to return a significant return in a trade or help man an improved backend bullpen even after a Kennedy deal.

Jim Callis ranks the top prospects in the Arizona Fall League.

21. Kyle Isbel, OF, Surprise (Royals No. 8)Coming off a regular season marred by a hamate injury, Isbel topped the Fall League in on-base percentage (.429) and impressed with his hitting ability, deceptive power and speed -- prompting one scout to compare him to Brett Gardner.

Mark Feinsand at MLB.com looks at each team’s top off-season need.

Kansas City Royals: Starting pitching

With some solid pieces in place (Adalberto Mondesi, Hunter Dozier, Whit Merrifield), the Royals’ need is on the mound, where the staff posted a 5.20 ERA (27th in the Majors). Don’t expect any big signings, however, as Kansas City is in rebuild mode.

Potential FA targets: Derek Holland, Michael Pineda

Pedro Grifol is one of three finalists for the Giants managerial job.

The Nationals and Astros had the least-watched Game 7 in World Series history.

The Nationals will visit the White House on Monday, but reliever Sean Doolittle will opt out.

Millennials are killing the World Series trophy.

MLB reportedly proposed a December deadline for multi-year deals that the union rejected.

Aroldis Chapman will opt out of his deal, but hopes to return with the Yankees.

The Mets name Carlos Beltran their next manager.

The Rays have formally asked the mayor of St. Petersburg for permission to play some games in Montreal.

Hawk Harrelson is one of eight finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award.

The NFL teams that are the smartest and dumbest with their money.

The Golden State Warriors quickly became a sad and hopeless team.

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion.

Satellites track real-time damage of an ocean blob menacing Hawaii.

Baby Shark may be an anthem for the Nationals, but its making millions of dollars for a Korean family.

Your song of the day is Thelonious Monk with Ruby, My Dear.