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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 4, 2020

Ryan O’Hearn is in the best shape of his life.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 4, 2020

Dayton Moore talked to Alec Lewis of The Athletic about the rebuild.

There’s an incredible challenge for us to continue to do what we do. I don’t look at the division and say, “OK, well, we’ve got to try to necessarily keep pace at this point in time.” I just know that we’ve got to stay very disciplined to where we are in our process. That’s what we’ll do. That’s why guys like Maikel Franco are important. We control him for two years. It’s part of us demonstrating we can stay disciplined in this process.

We have to constantly be realistic with where we are and what we can do financially. We’re not in a position to keep pace financially with Chicago or Minnesota, but we’re not going to make excuses for what we don’t have.

Lewis also has his top 30 prospects list in the organization.

3. Erick Peña, OF

While Witt Jr.’s popularity provides perspective on how fans view prospects in the 21st century thanks to the consumption of lists such as these, the rather behind-the-scenes nature of Peña’s presence in the organization provides perspective on how international signings go down. ...

He’s only 16 years old, but Peña possesses a sweet lefty swing that’s hard to not drool over. He also has an infectious attitude that even Witt Jr. appreciated this fall when the two were roommates. Similar to Witt Jr., Peña has put on pounds this offseason. He is in line for plate appearances in the Arizona Rookie League in 2020.

Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Ryan O’Hearn is in the best shape of his life.

“I was about 230 [pounds] last year, but now I’m about 223,” O’Hearn said. “I feel more athletic. It’s not about being as big as possible. But cleaning up my diet has helped, I can already tell. I have a buddy who played soccer at [Texas] A&M and he is really into nutrition. So he has helped with meal preps. I’m losing body fat and gaining muscle.

“I start out with three or four eggs with toast in the morning. A lot of chicken with vegetables for lunch. And ground beef with sweet potatoes and broccoli for dinner. Just healthy stuff. And the thing is, once you start eating like that, you really don’t have an urge to eat bad stuff.”

Royals minor league pitcher Emilio Ogando has retired.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman thinks Adalberto Mondesi needs to stay healthy.

Catcher Jason Castro signs a one-year deal with the Angels.

Infielder Starlin Castro (no relation) signs a two-year deal with the Nationals.

Former Royals infielder Chris Owings signs a minor league deal with the Rockies.

Two-way Cuban prospect Oscar Colas has defected and wants to play in the States.

Eno Sarris writes about the college programs with cutting edge tech, including Mizzou.

Sports Illustrated tries to predict the next decade for each team.

The legacy of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died this week.

The 25 players that could determine the NFL playoffs.

Some Silicon Valley companies want you to be able to control things with your mind.

Here is your Coachella 2020 lineup.

Dr. Phil’s $5.75 million mansion is for sale, and it is something.

Your song of the day is Cannonball Adderley with Somethin’ Else.