Royals Rumblings - News for August 3, 2021
“We have to put our team together with as much depth as possible because unfortunately Adalberto Mondesi has not been able to stay on the field, no fault of his own,” Moore said. “He works extremely hard. His body just has broken down from time to time.
“So we have to put together our team with multiple options at the shortstop position. We’re fortunate that it’s a 26-man roster. If Adalberto Mondesi is your 26th man, that’s pretty good.”
Anne Rogers looks at the biggest questions facing the Royals after the deadline.
The Royals’ second half of the season is all about finishing 2021 off on the right foot to make sure they’re in the best position they can be for ‘22. It starts with the pitching: Can the Royals’ young staff continue its development at the Major League level? That includes pitchers like Brady Singer, Kris Bubic, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar and Carlos Hernández, all of whom figure to be a key part of the rotation or bullpen next season. The Royals want to see some of their young prospects transition into the Majors to start to build the foundation as the organization looks toward the future. And can they go on a little run to better their position in the AL Central down the stretch? That could help the roster and confidence in the clubhouse as next season becomes the focus.
Alec Lewis tries to project what the Royals might look like as a contender in 2023.
Center field, Ramón Laureano (28): It’s hard not to come back to this being a fit. The Royals’ biggest lineup hole is in center. When they’ve had success, they’ve not only had a plus defender out there, but also a potent bat (think Amos Otis and Lorenzo Cain). Laureano, who won’t become a free agent until 2025, would be a controllable asset. To acquire him from the Oakland Athletics, the Royals would likely have to part with some of their young pitchers. This would be a trade that hurts. But those have to happen for a team to contend.
Salvador Perez and Brad Keller were Royals Player and Pitcher for the Month of July.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter thinks the Royals need a Whit Merrifield resurgence to contend in 2022.
Cubs president Jed Hoyer was frustrated by his inability to sign his stars to long-term deals.
The Rays and Cubs reportedly discussed a deal involving Craig Kimbrel and Tyler Glasnow.
The Rangers designated outfielder David Dahl for assignment.
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John Axford, who began the year in the TV booth, was acquired by the Brewers.
What’s next for Kumar Rocker after the Mets failed to sign him?
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There is a rumor that Clemson and Florida State are trying to get into the SEC.
Twitter accidentally verifies a fake account alleging to be writer Cormac McCarthy.
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