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Royals Rumblings - News for December 16, 2019

What has Mike Matheny learned?

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 16, 2019

Alec Lewis at The Athletic looks at how the lineup might look next year.

Hunter Dozier is the most experienced third baseman the Royals boast, yet his versatility — similar to Merrifield — might be necessary in the outfield. If that’s the route the Royals choose, they could rely on 25-year-old Kelvin Gutierrez at third. Gutierrez, who batted .260/.304/.356 in 20 MLB games this past season, is rehabbing patellar tendinitis.

If he’s not ready, the club could look for a third-base option.

“We have two players on our 26-man roster that give us a lot of flexibility in Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield,” Moore said. “We can move Hunter to right. We can move him to first base. We know he can play some third. There are some quality third basemen out on the market right now we’re exploring.

“It’s gotta fit.”

Joe Lemire at Sports Techie writes about the sports analytics courses Mike Matheny took.

The curriculum for Kaplan’s course covers all facets of data in baseball with the lessons in weeks six and seven showing a particular relevance for a big league manager: “Arbitration, Forecasting, and Defense” and “Advanced Scouting and In-Game Preparation.” Kaplan says Matheny was gracious answering questions from peer students and pursued conversations with the instructor between classes as well. “He was eager above and beyond the class to make sure, if he had a chance to be a manager again, he wanted to be as prepared as possible,” Kaplan says. “He wasn’t shy. He would ask questions and just wanted to learn.”

Albert Perez Oyola at Kings of Kauffman wonders if Matheny can inspire a culture change.

They picked the right person for the job – someone who has produced consistent winning baseball first-hand in different capacities, but can he deliver? If things don’t work out, then hopefully he’s replaced before the team enters true Royal contention without much damage done.

Jake Mastroianni of Friars on Base considers what it would take for the Padres to get Whit Merrifield.

If the Padres can get him for two of Morejon/Weathers/Baez and another lower-level prospect, I do that deal all day if I’m the Padres.

However, I find it hard to believe that the Royals are going to part with Merrifield without getting one of the Padres top five prospects.

Honestly, I’d give them whoever they want except for MacKenzie Gore and Patino. You could maybe include CJ Abrams in that untouchable list as well.

Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman thinks 2020 is a make or break year for Bubba Starling.

The Kansas City Business Journal writes about how the Locktons got into the Royals ownership group.

The Rangers acquire pitcher Corey Kluber from the Indians.

The Diamondbacks sign pitcher Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million deal.

The Dodgers sign reliever Blake Treinen.

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Anthony Rendon says the Hollywood lifestyle was not a fit for him to sign in LA.

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Astros witnesses admit to sign-stealing, but deny a special camera.

Pitcher Dan Straily is headed to Korea.

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