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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 2, 2019

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What would be your Royals starting lineup?

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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 2, 2019

In his mailbox segment, Jeffrey Flanagan gives his thoughts on a potential starting lineup.

The right-field job comes down to Brian Goodwin, Soler, Phillips or Jorge Bonifacio. Phillips and Bonifacio still have options, so one of them will likely end up at Triple-A Omaha. But if the Royals stick to their 2019 motto of speed and defense, having Gordon, Hamilton and Phillips in the outfield will save a ton of runs defensively. Of course, Phillips really needs to improve offensively, and he knows that. But with Gordon, Hamilton and Phillips in the outfield, Statcast™ will be busy recording those Outs Above Average. (Yes, just like in 2014 and ‘15, defense matters.)

David Lesky sees positive signs for Hunter Dozier.

His ISO of .166 ranked a gentleman’s 141st out of 241 players with at least 350 plate appearances. The Statcast numbers, though, are really solid for Dozier. If anything, his 2018 season is concrete proof there’s more to it than these numbers, but there is some predictive value. His hard hit rate of 40.2 percent was well above league average. His barrel rate of 10.6 percent was well above league average. He seemed to be improving in both his chase rate and whiff rate from the start of the season. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say I’m expecting a breakout from him, but I believed before the 2018 season that a Dozier and Logan Morrison combination would outperform Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Well, I was wrong, but there’s a reason I was so bullish on Dozier heading into the season.

610 Sports in Kansas City announces their spring training radio schedule.

The Royals make some promotions in the front office.

Shohei Ohtani won’t be ready for Opening Day.

The Padres meet with Bryce Harper.

Royals-killer Matt Davidson signs a minor league deal with the Rangers.

Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs tries to find homes for the remaining free agents.

The worst contracts on all 30 teams.

37-year old former first round pick Luke Hagerty is drawing interest now that he throws 99 mph.

Gabe Kapler failed to report a sexual assault when he was with the Dodgers.

The Nationals ban backpacks in the stadium.

The new Rangers ballpark will have artificial turf.

What the Super Bowl is like for a practice squad player.

Here are the NBA All-Star snubs.

How a NASA rover weighed a mountain on Mars.

One of Buzzfeed’s most popular features were quizzes created by an unpaid teenager.

Maroon 5 will play a Spongebob Squarepants song at halftime.

Your song of the day is Art Blakeley and Lee Morgan with No Problem.