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Royals Rumblings - News for August 26, 2019

Nicky Lopez wants to gain some weight.

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 26, 2019

Jeffrey Flanagan had a number of interesting stories over the weekend, including the fact that the Royals are close to agreement on a new television deal.

An offer from FSKC was presented in May, according to sources. A new deal, likely in the 10- to 15-year range, is expected to bring the Royals somewhere near the $48-52 million range per year in rights fees.

The Royals’ present 11-year deal with FSKC, which expires after this season, was backloaded and will bring the Royals about $25 million this season, though its average annually was closer to $20 million.

Cheslor Cuthbert is relieved his 0-for-40 hitless streak is over.

“Wow. It’s a lot of relief for me,” Cuthbert said. “I don’t know what really happened. I’ve never been in that situation, so many at-bats without getting a base hit. At the beginning, I thought that’s OK, I don’t get a base hit, it’s OK. [But] after I got like 20 or 30 at-bats into it, it started getting into my head. Thank God it happened today.”

Kyle Zimmer has ditched the windup and the curveballs.

One other change Zimmer reported: He has also ditched his curveball for now. He used a hard slider that ranged from 85-87 and that sank considerably against the Tribe.

“The curve is more of a feel pitch,” Zimmer said. “And coming out of the bullpen, you don’t have time for that. Now I’m going with a hard slider that breaks down a little and then a tight slider that is more of a cutter, goes more horizontal. It just feels good.”

And Flanny writes that Nicky Lopez is looking to follow the Whit Merrifield weight-building plan this off-season.

“I told [Merrifield], I want to do it and to send me that diet plan,” Lopez told “It worked for him. Hopefully it will work for me.”

Merrifield had a word of caution.

“I’m glad he’s interested in it,” Merrifield said. “He needs it and he knows it. But it involves a lot of working out with weights and training. It was tough. But I’m happy he wants to do it.”

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