Royals Rumblings - News for October 8, 2020
The Royals want to add more hitters that can get on base, so Alec Lewis has a few suggestions.
Mallex Smith, CF: Another player whom the Royals could sign at great value. The 27-year-old elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners earlier in 2020. He struggled to hit this season but has had success in the past. (In 2018, he posted a .367 OBP with the Tampa Bay Rays.) He also stole 46 bases in 2019.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks at who was the top pitcher for the Royals this year.
Keller will be entering his first year of arbitration this Winter and it seems likely that Moore will sign him to a decent extension. Moore has been knowing for buying out arbitration years of promising players, and considering Keller is only 25-years-old, buying out his last three years of team control would be a worthwhile investment. While Keller may not have the “prospect hype” of other pitchers in the Royals system (including Singer and Bubic), Keller has been solid for three straight seasons now, and as long as he stays healthy, it is likely that Keller will be a mainstay in the Royals rotation for a long time. The Royals have benefited from him being a rock of consistency in the rotation the past three seasons (since acquiring him through the Rule 5 Draft), and they will need that production even more if they want to make a move up in the standings in the next year or two.
The Royals announced they will play an exhibition game in Northwest Arkansas next spring.
Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman writes about the Hunter Dozier outfield experiment.
David Hill at Call to the Pen writes that Adalberto Mondesi is facing a crucial season.
MLB allowing fans in the World Series is unsafe and unsurprising.
Zack Greinke has no structural issues and the Astros hope he can return soon.
Can nice guy Dusty Baker move the Astros past their cheating scandal?
Indians manager Terry Francona reveals he had several surgeries and was intensive care this year.
Bill Madden at the New York Daily News thinks the Phillies, Angels, and Rockies are evidence that the Mets should steer clear of stat-based front offices.
Jay Jaffe remembers Bob Gibson.
What are some potential landing spots for Francisco Lindor?
The minor leagues officially become a branch of MLB.
How the 1919 White Sox could have gotten away with throwing the World Series.
The Seattle Storm may have a dynasty after their fourth WNBA title.
The Nobel Prize in chemistry is awarded to two women for the first time.
Soon Slack will allow anyone from any company to message you.
GLOW was cancelled because Netflix only cares about attracting new subscribers.
Your song of the day is Cary Brothers with Blue Eyes.