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Royals Rumblings - News for February 15, 2021

Is this the year Nick Pratto climbs prospect lists?

MLB: MAR 17 Spring Training - Royals at Rangers Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Royals Rumblings - News for February 15, 2021

Craig Brown at Into the Fountains thinks the Royals should still add one more piece.

I wonder what it would take to get Trevor Rosenthal back to Kansas City. I’m sure after the year he had in 2020 he’s looking for a multi-year deal and I completely understand if the Royals balk at going more than two years. Relievers are a finicky breed and the longer you keep them around, the more likely it is you’ll get burned.

Liam Hendriks is the only reliever to get a three-year contract this winter. Blake Treinen, Trevor May and Pedro Baez each received two-year deals with an AAV above $6.25 million. When the free agent season kicked off, the industry consensus had Rosenthal in line for a two-year deal with around a $7 million AAV. Given the deals mentioned above, you’d probably need to splash a little more cash to get a deal done. The Royals have the cash, and two years fits perfectly into their current process.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy chimes in on some recent prospect rankings.

Each year BA does their best talents within the system, rating each ability of the players. I asked a Royals official this week if anything stood out as something they would change.

Best Strikezone Discipline - Nick Loftin BA - KC selection - Nick Pratto

Best Infield Arm - Kelvin Gutierrez BA - KC selection - Nate Eaton

The Pratto selection shouldn’t shock anyone considering his pre-draft reputation, but some of that shine had time to wear off if it wasn’t true. It’s good to hear that it’s still there for him. Hopefully, the work he put in the last offseason and at the summer camp will translate into a big 2021 season.

Kevin O’Brien of Royals Reporter isn’t closing the door on a Maikel Franco reunion.

Another positive aspect of potentially bringing back Franco is that it could put Lopez in a utility role, which may better suit him, especially with his bat a question mark after questionable production metrics in 2019 and 2020. It also may give him a less pressure-filled situation to build up his hitting, while also utilizing what he does best: defense in the middle infield. In addition, a possible Franco reunion could also bring Whit back to second, which is his natural and best defensive position, metrically speaking. While he isn’t the Gold Glove-caliber infielder that Lopez is, he has a career DRS of 8 and UZR of 4.6 at second, according to Fangraphs data. Those defensive metrics are perfectly serviceable, especially considering his offensive upside in comparison to Lopez.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom wonders if the Royals gave up too much for Andrew Benintendi.

The Royals announce a fanclub for newborn babies.

MLB Pipeline ranks Bobby Witt as the #7 prospect in baseball.

The Dodgers sign third baseman Justin Turner to a two-year, $34 million deal.

The Rays sign pitchers Rich Hill and Collin McHugh.

The Mariners sign pitcher James Paxton to a one-year, $8.5 million deal.

Pitcher Jake Arrieta returns to the Cubs.

The Rangers sign Korean lefty Hyeon-Jong Yang.

The Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training.

The long history of MLB manipulating the baseball.

Triple-A teams will still use the lively 2020 balls until they run out.

Ben Clemens at Fangraphs looks at what kind of hitters should lead off.

Minor league salaries will get a bump, but they are still far below other sports.

Jack Flaherty had quite a reaction to beating the Cardinals in arbitration.

The case for Curt Flood to be in the Hall of Fame.

What teams are top contenders in college baseball this year?

MLB ends its “in-game coordinator” program, laying off several social media personnel.

The story behind Jackie Robinson’s response to a racist sports writer.

Three-point shooting is dictating NBA games more than ever before, and there isn’t much defenses can do to stop it.

The true story of the Patriots fan who stole the Giants’ Super Bowl rings.

NASA is dropping another rover on Mars this week, here’s what could go wrong.

The original Real World cast will reunite for a show on Paramount’s streaming service.

True to the meme, Jared Leto’s Joker actually says “We Live In A Society” in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Your song of the day is Lightning Seeds with The Life of Riley.