Royals Rumblings - News for November 3, 2020
Lynn Worthy has some names to watch for the Royals as free agency begins.
Joc Pederson, outfielder: The left-handed hitting 28-year-old fresh off a World Series title with the Los Angeles Dodgers , was an All-Star early in his career (2015) and posted a 36-homer year in 2019. From 2015-19 he averaged 25 homers per season and slashed .234/.339/.479. This season, his numbers dipped offensively to the tune of a .190/.285/.397 slash line. He was slated to make $7.75 million in a full 162-game season in 2020.
Matt Martell at Sports Illustrated has one big question for each team this off-season.
Kansas City Royals: Will they extend Jorge Soler?
It seems like a lifetime ago, but Soler led the American League with 48 homers and played in all 162 games in 2019. The Royals want to keep him around for when their rebuild is complete a few years from now. Can they lock him up this winter before he enters free agency following next season?
The Royals continue to invest in talent.
At a time when teams are cutting back due to lost revenue and uncertainty the Royals are one team doing the opposite. KC just hired longtime scout/exec Tom McNamara as special assistant to the GM. He’d been with the Mariners, who had tens of layoffs.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 2, 2020
Filmmaker Ken Burns, biographer Joe Posnanski and Negro League Baseball museum president Bob Kendrick will discuss Buck O’Neil with Bob Costas in an online event.
Former Royals broadcaster Bud Blattner is a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award.
Jay Jaffe writes that the lack of Qualifying Offers portends a slow winter.
Finalists for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year are announced.
Three clubs have already been in touch with Yadier Molina.
Right-handed Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano could be posted.
MLB is looking to revamp travel and start times for the minors.
Jon Lester spends $47k on beer for Chicago fans.
Will Russell Wilson collect a long overdue MVP award this year?
When and how is the NHL planning on playing this season?
Baby Shark is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time.
Fall television is back, even during a pandemic.
Your song of the day is The Election of 1800 from Hamilton.