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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 25, 2020

Gordo knew he was returning.

Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Weekend Rumblings - News for January 25, 2020

Alex Gordon revealed he knew he would return ever since the end of last season, writes Lynn Worthy.

Ultimately, the decision came fairly easily. He had a “quick conversation” with general manager Dayton Moore before a game late last season and made his mind up that he’d return for a 14th season to the franchise “where I belong,” as Gordon described it Friday in a news conference during Royals FanFest at Bartle Hall.

”I’ve been pretty fortunate to play with one team my whole career and lucky to do that,” Gordon said. “Not only lucky to do that, but just play under (Moore) my whole career. I’m pretty fortunate to have Dayton Moore as my boss.

”There’s nobody better in the game, as far as a GM, as far as treating people the right way and handling his business the right way. It means a lot to come back to the Royals but also to come back to him.”

Jeffrey Flanagan has more with Gordon, including if Kansas City will be his final destination.

“I made a comment a couple of years ago that I might be done playing. I should have taken that back after I said it. I feel like I can still play and that I want to play. Looking at it right now, I’ll take it year by year. If we start winning again and get that competitive spirit back to Kansas City, it might inspire me to play longer. ... But yeah, absolutely, I want to stay here. This is my hometown. It would mean a lot to stay here.”

Flanny also writes that Salvy was thrilled to become a U.S. citizen, and even gives us an update on his arm.

Perez had some other good news on Friday as well. He was able to throw from the catcher’s position to second base at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March.

“I didn’t feel [any pain] in the elbow,” Perez said. “I wish I could play for 10 more years.”

610 Sports announces the spring training broadcast schedule.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman thinks Nicky Lopez is poised for a breakout.

The latest Baseball America podcast discusses Royals prospects.

The Red Sox won’t rush to have a manager in by spring training.

Boston has also discussed a Mookie Betts deal with the Padres.

Former Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel apologizes for the team’s sign-stealing.

Scott Boras says Astros players shouldn’t apologize.

The umpire’s union clarifies the news that an electronic strike zone will be used in spring training.

A look at how much American League clubs have spent this off-season.

A ranking of MLB ballpark names.

MLB will sponsor the U.S. Olympic Softball team.

A ranking of every Chiefs quarterback that never made a Super Bowl.

A look at all the times NBA players said they loved New York, but didn’t sign with the Knicks.

Minute Media buys Fansided.

George R.R. Martin says the Game of Thrones books will end differently than the TV show.

Is Nicolas Cage the new Vincent Price?

Your song of the day is Lee Morgan with The Sidewinder.