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Royals Rumblings - News for December 8, 2020

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 8, 2020

Jeffrey Flanagan recounts the top five Royals Winter Meetings deals, with the James Shields trade topping them all.

This deal by general manager Dayton Moore and his staff will go down in club lore as the trade that ultimately pushed the Royals back into relevance, eventually leading to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014-15 and their ‘15 title. Myers was arguably Kansas City’s top prospect at the time, and columnists and bloggers shrieked in horror at the notion of trading him. But Moore was adamant that it was time the Royals turned the corner from rebuilding to winning, and Shields was a huge influence in the clubhouse and on the field in that transition

Will Leitch writes about a comeback candidate for each team.

Royals: Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF: Merrifield was still good in 2020 — he’s always good — but dig into the numbers a little bit and it might have been the worst year of his career (.764 OPS, his lowest since ’16). Also, can you believe he’s about to be 32 years old?

Salvador Pérez is a finalist for the All-MLB team.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter has some Rule 5 draft possibilities.

Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman wants to see the Royals sign an outfielder.

The White Sox acquire pitcher Lance Lynn from the Rangers for Dane Dunning.

The Reds trade closer Raisel Iglesias to the Angels.

The Kiwoom Heroes officially post Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim.

The Yomiyuri Giants officially post pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano.

Four-seam fastball velocity seems to be plateauing.

The Braves had huge penalties levied against them for violating international signings rules in 2016, but the players involved haven’t done much yet.

Billy Wagner went from being a right-hander to a lefty who threw 100 mph.

Former White Sox slugger Dick Allen dies at the age of 78.

The Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after a disastrous blitz call.

The Utah Royals women’s soccer team will be moving back to Kansas City.

Breakdancing will be included as a sport in the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Bob Dylan sells his entire musical catalog to Universal Music.

The best TV of 2020.

Your song of the day is Peter Schilling with Major Tom.