Maikel Franco started working out with his new Royals teammates right away, reports Alec Lewis at The Athletic:
In late December, after the Royals announced Franco’s signing, Franco wanted to kick-start the improvement process. The best way to do that, he thought, was to work out with new teammates and coaches this offseason. Hit with them. Field with them. A baseball player needs his equipment to do those things — they all have their own specific equipment — so in choosing to fly from his native Dominican Republic to Miami in early January, Franco packed up his bats and gloves and shipped them to Grifol’s house.
Tony Boone, the former Chasers beat writer from the Omaha World-Herald, will step into the media and PR role for the triple-A Storm Chasers:
Happy to announce that I’ll be handling media & public relations for the @OMAStormChasers as of this week. Thrilled to keep working with the first-class folks from the #Royals & sharing @MiLB stories. You can find me two seats to the right of my former spot at Werner Park. pic.twitter.com/N4ibPgOkcw— Tony Boone (@TonyGBoone) January 14, 2020
At Fansided, Trey Donovan profiles the Ryan O’Hearn vs. Ryan McBroom battle for first base, laying out different roster scenarios. Two Ryans enter; one Ryan...well, hopefully lives, just with a lesser job than he hopes for:
On the other hand, if Ryan McBroom wins the battle outright, then O’Hearn will probably be sent down to the minors since he has two options. Another reason for the demotion is O’Hearn is not as fluent in other positions as McBroom. O’Hearn can play a little outfield, but I don’t see that working out in the Royals favor since he has so little time in the outfield throughout his career and there is already a logjam in the outfield.
Without much news going on in the Royals section this morning, let us instead remember some guys. I’ll start: Remember Ambiorix Burgos?
The Twins and Josh Donaldson reached a deal for 4 years and $92 million, after weeks of talks.
The Phillies DFA’d center fielder Odubel Herrera. Herrera was in the middle of a five-year contract, but was also suspended for a long stretch last year for domestic violence.
Old friend alert: the Cubs signed former Royal Jason Adam to a minors deal.
World Series winning Washington Nationals will bring back reliever Daniel Hudson, on a 2-year, $11 million deal.
Big props to the Staten Island Yankees for being the first Minor League team to announce a trash can giveaway when an Astros affiliate comes to town.
Alex Cora is now the former Red Sox manager, having left his post in light of his involvements in two (2) teams’ cheating schemes.
Former sportswriter Jonah Keri’s attorney wants us to feel sorry that he can’t find work after a pair of arrests for assaulting his wife and child. Yeah, no.
WNBA players will be paid more and get maternity leave, thanks to their new CBA:
Landmark day in the WNBA: New collective bargaining agreement that has raised average salaries to six figures for first time ($130,000, up to $500,000 for top players), improved travel and marketing opportunities, and fully paid salary on maternity leave among other changes.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2020
I’m still high on the Chiefs game from Sunday, so here’s a moment of psychic connection between Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.
John Scalzi will be the literary guest of honor at Dragon Con this fall in Atlanta.
Aside from “one of my biggest fears,” what are sinkholes? How do they happen?
Investigative genetic genealogy - linking DNA in a public database to crime scene DNA - was used to solve a 44-year-old murder case in Illinois, and possibly others by the same guy.
Song for the day: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Walls (no. 3)