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Royals Rumblings - News for January 25, 2021

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 25, 2021

With Jurickson Profar off the free agent board, Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks at what’s next for the Royals.

Lastly, the Royals could also go with former Twins Marwin Gonzalez or Eddie Rosario, though both come with their share of drawbacks. Gonzalez can play multiple positions, much like a Profar, but he’s 32 and his skills seem to be declining. As for Rosario, while he may be the the most impressive offensive option available, his projected high cost (he is expected to go in the $9-10 million AAV range) and rough defense don’t make him a likely Moore pickup, especially with Moore’s focus on improving defensively this off-season (i.e. the Taylor and Santana signings).

The Royals announced their international signings.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his opinions.

Two of the position players that have stood out in camp are outfielder Francisco Ulloa and shortstop Diego Gomez. The Royals benefited from a hand and wrist injury that kept the centerfielder off many of the team’s radar. He won’t wow with his size and stature. The Dominican from the Santiago area has shown an ability to hit impressively. He is hitting in BP and in games with his attributes to make contact standing out while he should have the speed to stick in centerfield longterm. The energy and smile he brings to the field are reminiscent of Marcell Ozuna while also bringing an extremely strong work ethic to the field every day.

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman wonders if the Royals are grooming Tony Pena, Jr. to be a future manager.

The Yankees acquire pitcher Jameson Taillon from the Pirates for four prospects.

The Red Sox sign utility player Enrique Hernandez to a two-year, $14 million deal and pitcher Garrett Richards to a one-year, $10 million deal.

The Nats sign reliever Brad Hand to a one-year, $10.5 million deal.

The Nationals bring back first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Pablo Sandoval re-signs with the Braves.

Jurickson Profar’s decision came down to San Diego or Boston.

The Tigers sign left-hander Derek Holland to a minor league deal.

Hank Aaron’s death prompts suggestions that Atlanta change their name to the “Hammers.”

Aaron and Willie Mays were nearly teammates, and $50 was the only reason they weren’t.

Does Tony LaRussa hate stolen bases?

MASN lays off staff, cuts pre- and post-game shows for the Orioles and Nationals.

Did Walt Whitman plagiarize the words that open Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary?

What teams are most likely to trade for Matt Stafford?

What is next for Conor McGregor after his stunning knockout?

Kids may be the key to herd immunity.

The history of the Jeopardy tie-breaker.

The Godzilla vs. Kong trailer drops.

Your song of the day is Julian Cope with World Shut Your Mouth.