Royals Rumblings - News for December 10, 2019
Lynn Worthy reports that Dayton Moore doesn’t expect to sign a free agent any time soon.
“For us, with our level of performance in the market, no one is going to jump up and take our (offers) right now,” Moore said Monday in San Diego, site of this year’s Winter Meetings. “Any free agents we sign will be January or February.
“Something may surprise me. And that doesn’t mean we won’t make an offer or two prior to then. But at the level we’ll be committing I think there’s very little chance we sign a free-agent before we leave San Diego. But we’ll have discussions.”
More from Flanny.
Dayton Moore tells us here in San Diego that while there is interest from other teams in Whit Merrifield, he expects to keep his core group, including Merrifield, Jorge Soler and Danny Duffy, intact going forward. He has maintained that position for awhile now. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) December 9, 2019
Also, regarding interest in #Royals left-hander Tim Hill, Dayton Moore tells us he is hoping to "add to the bullpen, not detract from it." Doesn't sound like any deal with Hill would happen.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) December 9, 2019
Finally, Dayton Moore said payroll, which is estimated to be around $75-80M now, won't rise significantly, though it will have to rise some given that the Royals will need $$ for a potential Jorge Soler extension, plus money if Alex Gordon decides to return.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) December 9, 2019
The Royals could be looking for bullpen help.
The Royals are looking for bullpen pieces and monitoring the relief market, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 9, 2019
Dayton Moore appeared on MLB Network and said Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler are part of the future.
Alec Lewis at The Athletic has a Rule 5 draft preview up.
Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report scouts potential Rule 5 pick Sterling Sharp.
Shaun Bauman at Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals should pursue Nicholas Castellanos.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy scouts minor league first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino.
Former Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio signs with the Tigers.
Former Royals first baseman Willie Aikens shares his story with a local rotary club.
Craig Calcaterra ranks the most handsome managers in baseball, with Mike Matheny at #2.
Stephen Strasburg signs a seven-year, $245 million deal to stay in Washington.
Madison Bumgarner wants a nine-figure deal.
Outfielder Adam Jones may be headed to Japan.
The MLB draft is reportedly coming to Omaha.
Jonathan Mayo ranks the top 100 prospects of next year’s draft.
MLB The Show will be made available for platforms beyond Playstation.
Lou Whitaker was snubbed for the Hall of Fame again.
Sports Illustrated names Megan Rapinoe its Sportsperson of the Year.
The Russians are banned from the Olympics for their doping scandal.
We lost 467 species to extinction this decade.
Verizon is shutting down Yahoo Groups and blocking users from archiving content.
The biggest snubs and surprises from the Golden Globe nominations.
Your song of the day is Jo Boxers with Just Got Lucky.