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Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2020

Should the Royals be more “transactional”?

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General manager Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals watches batting practice prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium on August 30, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Owner David Glass has agreed to to sell the team to a group led by Kansas City business man John Sherman for an estimated $1 billion. Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Royals Rumblings - News for November 12, 2020

Dayton Moore is mulling his offseason options, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.

“We’ve talked about our budget [more so] over a three-year period,” Moore said, “and what our projections will be, the experience level of our players. That naturally will keep our payroll down.

“I’m not really concerned with our payroll, but more about who the players are [that] we have going forward. Do they make sense for our team? I’m confident that if there’s a player out there that fits with this group and our timeline, we’ll be able to be aggressive and try to get them here in Kansas City.”

Other than Holland and perhaps Rosenthal, it wouldn’t appear the Royals, however, will be making any big splashes on the free-agent market.

Lynn worthy writes about how Moore contrasts his style with the pennant-winning Rays.

“They do an excellent job of developing and maintaining pitching,” Moore said. “They’re very transactional. They’re more transactional than we are. I’ve been criticized for that many times, that we stay for players a little too long. Sometimes it works out great. Sometimes it doesn’t. We’re one of the least transactional organizations in baseball.”

Moore seemed to indicate a potential change in this regard when he said, “I think as we go forward, I have to be more open-minded to being more transactional.”

FiveThirtyEight is doing a series on sports teams that beat the odds, and Neil Paine profiles the 2014-2015 Royals.

Though an impressive prospect pipeline and a surprising 86-76 finish in 2013 had raised expectations some, Kansas City was not viewed as a serious contender going into 2014. FanGraphs gave K.C. just a 2.7 percent chance of making the World Series, and the Vegas odds implied only a slightly better 4.7 percent probability. With few household names (did Alex Gordon, James Shields and Salvador Pérez count?) and no recent history of playoff success to call upon, there was little reason to think the Royals would suddenly turn into a powerhouse.

And yet, the Royals started out steady in 2014 and exploded in the second half of the season — going an MLB-best 52-272 from July 22 onward (including playoffs).

Alec Lewis at The Athletic talks to Royals pitching prospect Daniel Lynch.

Though he’s a perfectionist, constantly thinking about ways he can improve, his goal this offseason is to keep things simple. To realize how good he can be when he remains on top of the ball, when he’s throwing his changeup, and, most importantly, when he’s having fun and staying in the moment.

“I walked away from this year, like, ‘I’m ready,’” Lynch says. “I feel like I’m ready to go when they’re ready for me to be there.”

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report talks to 2020 undrafted free agent Kale Emshoff

Kale Emshoff was the prize of the UDFA class in 2020. I asked him about his decision to sign with Kansas City and he had this to say about the Royals:

I chose KC because they have family values and a history of taking care of all players in the organization. Also the scout that recruited me Matt Price was a big reason as well. Developed a great relationship with him and that allowed me to feel comfortable with the organization even more.

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