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Royals Rumblings - News for December 29, 2022

Time to reflect.

MLB: JUL 18 Rays at Royals Photo by Scott Sewell/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

David Lesky at Inside the Crown writes about his favorite Royals games this year.

July 14 - Royals 3, Blue Jays 1

There were more exciting wins this season in terms of action, but I don’t think there was a whole lot better than this one. The day before this game, we had learned that 10 Royals would be unable to make the trip to Toronto due to vaccine requirements. That meant the Royals could put them all on the restricted list and basically call up whoever they wanted, whether they were on the 40-man roster or not. They called up Angel Zerpa, who started this game, Maikel Garcia, Freddy Fermin, Eaton, Pratto, Rivero, Massey and Brewer Hicklen as players who hadn’t seen big league time or had seen minimal time.

Jackson Perdue of Royals Reflections reflects on some of the Royals’ moves so far.

If you’d like my two cents, there is nothing wrong with signing Lyles. He’s a decent pitcher who has proven himself as one of MLB’s most durable starters over the past two seasons. Heck, he hasn’t landed on the injured list in well over three years, so there’s not any significant injury risk. What I don’t fully support is giving him 2 years. I think if Lyles would have accepted one year and $10 million, go for it. That’s kind of a pricey deal, but it’s also cheap enough that you can ship him to a contender if the young guys start to break out.

Now again, this isn’t a bad deal, in my book. It’s just that Lyles’ last couple of seasons have been anomalies.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter compares Salvy’s deal with other recent deals with catchers.

Despite the rough defense, Salvy has been worth his extension thus far. though it’s been closer than Royals fans may like to believe He’s been worth 3.8 fWAR via Fangraphs over the past two seasons, which roughly accumulates to $30.2 million over that time span when it comes to WAR as a dollar value...

Nonetheless, while one could argue that Salvy’s extension has been money well-spent over the past two seasons, it will be more challenging for Salvy to continue to live up to that contract value when one part of his game weighs him down so heavily (i.e. the defensive framing).

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman writes about mistakes the Royals could make.

Beat writer Lynn Worthy is leaving the Kansas City Star.

The Red Sox sign pitcher Corey Kluber to a one-year, $10 million deal.

The Braves lock up catcher Sean Murphy to a six-year, $73 million extension.

Infielder Jean Segura signs a two-year, $17 million deal with the Marlins.

Atlanta gets reliever Lucas Luetge in a trade from the Yankees.

Why does Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto conduct so many trades?

The ten strangest trades in MLB history.

MLB will allow Cuban players to represent their home country in the World Baseball Classic.

Kansas battles back to force triple overtime before losing to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl.

The best sporting events of 2022, ranked.

What will be the future of transportation in 2023?

Big tech’s big flops of 2022.

Is Dave Bautista the best wrestler-turned-actor ever?

Your song of the day is Stereophonics with Dakota.