Weekend Rumblings - News for November 27, 2021
Bradford Doolittle at ESPN recommends one bold move for each team, but for the Royals he suggests doing nothing.
The Royals could use a veteran starter to augment their young rotation, but they should not spend much on that, either. I like Zack Greinke for that role, but there are other old, crafty starters on the market. Rich Hill. J.A. Happ. Maybe Dylan Bundy, if the price is right.
The main reason I’m advocating a passive approach is that the Royals are in a good spot with the young players they have on the big league roster and the next group who should be arriving at various times during 2022. Just add depth in the form of bounce-back candidates and injury returnees. If the young players take a major step as a group next season, then fill in the gaps at next summer’s deadline if contention is a possibility.
Sorry, Royals fans. It’s not exciting. It’s just where the team is at, and that’s not a bad thing.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his suggestion on what the Royals should do.
If I were in the front office, I’d be looking at firming up the lineup with an outfield need and the rotation before adding in bullpen pieces. The Royals are lacking with firming up their outfield options as there isn’t a sure thing in Kyle Isbel, Andrew Benintendi may not be a piece they should build around, and Michael A. Taylor’s bat doesn’t seem like a firm piece in center even with Gold Glove defense. Finding a real piece out there seems much more important than shopping for an expensive bullpen piece that doesn’t move the needle on their win total. The Royals have arms coming, and bullpen pieces will be mixed in there. Adding an inexpensive option or two in search of a remake like they have done in the past with Trevor Rosenthal and others isn’t a terrible idea.
Rustin Dodd at The Athletic reflected on the career of Wade Davis.
So Yost, the Royals’ manager, summoned Davis to his office to deliver the news: He was a reliever now.
“Whatever I do,” Yost recalled Davis saying, “I just want to be good at it.”
It was, of course, a relatable response. Who doesn’t want to be good at something? It was also Yost’s favorite story, the one that came with a kicker. Davis didn’t just become good. He was, for a time, the best, one of the most dominating relief pitchers in baseball history.
“That’s when Wade stepped in and set the world on fire,” Eiland said Wednesday.
Jeff Rosen at the Star collects fan reactions on Wade’s retirement.
Royals: Salvy is still here
Salvador Perez somehow seems to keep improving as a hitter, and he has secured his spot as an all-time Royals legend ... and one of the best players in the sport.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman isn’t sure Seiya Suzuki is a good fit for the Royals.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter writes about the things he’s thankful for as a Royals fan.
Dan Szymborski evaluates the Wander Franco mega-deal.
Who are the most likely suitors for Carlos Correa?
The Mets sign infielder Eduardo Escobar to a two-year deal.
Free agent pitcher Marcus Stroman is generating more interest.
The Pirates re-sign first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo to a one-year, $4 million deal.
The non-tender deadline is moved up to this Tuesday in anticipation of the labor deal expiration.
Rays two-way player Brendan McKay underwent thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgery.
Former Padres outfielder Brian O’Grady signs in Japan.
The NFL agrees to a $790 million settlement with the city of St. Louis over the Rams’ departure.
Kansas basketball falls to Dayton, their first loss of the year.
Strange signals on Venus may be coming from an erupting volcano.
Your song of the day is Rogue Wave with Eyes.