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Royals Rumblings - News for February 1, 2021

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 1, 2021

Lynn Worthy offers analysis on a potential long-term deal for Salvador Perez.

If you maintain that view of every three years as a cycle, a four-year deal for Perez starting after this season would carry through the end of current cycle and through the next full three-year cycle.

Again, it’s not clear how the negotiations would/could play out or what may be optimal for each side. But a four-year deal for Perez would bring him through his age 35 season.

Molina had previously been viewed as the gold standard for catchers. Molina’s most recent contract paid him a base salary of $20 million per year for the last three seasons at ages 35, 36 and 37 (at the start of the season).

Lynn also writes that Brad Keller is ready to get going.

“Since I’ve been home I’ve just been hanging out with my family, working out,” said Keller, who spent the offseason training in his home state of Georgia. “I started throwing in the middle of December. Things have been going good. I just threw my fifth bullpen yesterday. I’m feeling good and ready to get going again.”

Keller plans to arrive in Arizona on February 10, ahead of the first pitchers and catchers workout scheduled for February 17.

The Royals handed out some hardware last week.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy takes note of recent transactions around baseball.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter wants to see the Royals more active this off-season.

The Phillies sign shortstop Didi Gregorius to a two-year, $28 million deal.

The Cubs sign pitcher Trevor Williams to a one-year, $3 million deal.

Pitcher Carlos Rodon re-signs with the White Sox on a one-year, $3 million deal.

MLB pitches a 154-game season, delayed one month to the players, but the union is expected to reject it due to a proposed expanded playoffs.

Masahiro Tanaka isn’t closing the door on returning to the States eventually.

The Reds are looking for a shortstop.

Trevor Bauer won’t be signing with the Angels, in part, due to friction between him and pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

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Mets owner Steven Cohen leaves Twitter.

Former Twins pitcher Scott Erickson is facing charges for his connections to a fatal hit-and-run.

How the court martial of Jackie Robinson nearly derailed his career.

Ernest Johnson, the last surviving 1940s Kansas City Monarchs player, dies at the age of 92.

The Red Sox announce plans to develop the area around Fenway Park.

Winners and losers from the Matt Stafford trade to the Rams.

MLS threatens players with a lockout if no labor deal is reached.

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