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Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2022

The Royals are still looking at pitchers, right?

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Anne Rogers writes about some free agent pitchers the Royals could look to target.

5. Ryan Yarbrough, LHP

Yarbrough could have been on the starter’s list, because he filled a variety of roles for the Rays for the past four seasons before they designated him for assignment last month. The crafty lefty struggled more the past two seasons (4.90 ERA across 50 appearances, which included 30 starts) than his first three years in Tampa Bay (3.94 ERA in 77 appearances, with 29 starts), and he was due more than $4 million in arbitration, leading the Rays to let him go. Quatraro is familiar with Yarbrough, and the 30-year-old could fill a depth role for the Royals, whether they need starts or relief outings. While he doesn’t strike out many batters — he doesn’t have exceptional velocity relative to league average — he also consistently has one of the lowest walk rates among pitchers.

Craig Brown at Inside the Fountains reacts to the slow off-season.

My napkin math says the teams in the AL Central have combined to spend a whopping $55 million in the free agent market to this point. That’s not even Steve Cohen’s tax bill. While the Royals aren’t doing anything to improve their roster, the rest of the Central is pretty much in a similar state.

Again (and again and again) it’s absolutely shameful the Royals have failed to compete in this division on a regular basis.

Jacob Milham at Inside the Royals looks at some potential non-roster invitees for the Royals.

The Blue Jays sign Chris Bassitt to a three-year, $63 million deal.

Atlanta acquires catcher Sean Murphy in a three-team trade with Milwaukee and Oakland.

The Twins sign catcher Christian Vazquez to a three-year, $30 million deal.

Sean Manaea signs a two-year, $25 million deal with the Giants.

Houston is pursuing a trade with Daulton Varsho of the Diamondbacks.

ESPN surveys managers about the new rules and opposing players.

Why are the Dodgers so quiet this offseason?

These long free agent deals may be because of the competitive balance tax.

Former reliever TJ House comes out as gay as he announces his engagement.

Texas basketball coach Chris Beard is arrested for assault on a family member.

How Caleb Williams seized his Heisman moment.

FTX founder Sam Brankman-Fried is arrested in the Bahamas.

Scientists announce a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion.

Here are the 2023 Golden Globes nominees.

Your song of the day is Van Halen with Dreams.