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Royals Rumblings - News for November 28, 2023

What do the projection systems say about the Royals in 2024?

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Jim Bowden at The Athletic lists free agent and trade targets for each team, including the Royals.

Free-agent targets: Sonny Gray, Seth Lugo, Lucas Giolito, Michael Wacha, Eduardo Rodriguez, Mike Clevinger, Michael Lorenzen, Jack Flaherty, Zach Davies, Dakota Hudson, James Paxton, Hyun Jin Ryu, Martín Pérez, Seth Lugo, Zack Greinke, Alex Wood, Hector Neris, Jakob Junis, David Robertson, Dylan Floro, Nick Martinez, Jordan Hicks, Jovani Moran, Will Smith, Trevor Gott, Brad Hand, Brad Boxberger, Emilio Pagán, Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Santana, Justin Turner, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernández

Trade targets: Clarke Schmidt, JP Sears, Johan Oviedo, Bryce Miller, Braxton Garrett, Austin Gomber, Michael Kopech, Ryan Pepiot, Kutter Crawford

That leaked financial spreadsheet from Jackson County on a downtown stadium cost had a $1 billion error.

FOX4 obtained a new document showing a “corrected number” for how much a new Kansas City Royals stadium would cost Jackson County over a 40-year time period.

The corrected number is $5.13 billion on the high end. October’s document that was leaked to the media showed, on the high end, a new Royals stadium could cost the county as much as $6.41 billion. The difference between October’s number and this month’s number is $1.28 billion.

“It was just a formula error. That’s all it was,” County Administrator Troy Schulte said in an interview with FOX4 Monday.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter writes about optimistic Steamer projections for Royals hitters.

Steamer seems to believe that Melendez’s spectacular second half can transition into a solid full 2023 campaign, even with questionable defense. Steamer is projecting 23 HRs, 81 runs scored, and a 1.4 fWAR, despite being dragged down by a Def that is projected to be 10.4 runs below average.

If Melendez can show any semblance of defensive improvement in the outfield like Witt did a season ago at shortstop, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see Melendez be a possible 2.5 to 3 fWAR player for the Royals by the conclusion of 2024.

Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs gives a sneak-preview of his ZIPS projections for the Royals.

Former Royals outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will reportedly retire.

Jacob Milham at Kings of Kauffman reviews the season of Alec Marsh.

The Cardinals sign Sonny Gray to a three-year, $75 million deal.

Jason Heyward re-signs with the Dodgers on a one-year, $9 million deal.

The Braves are reportedly interested in White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease.

Cincinnati may be interested in Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow.

Japanese pitchers Shota Imanaga and Naoyuki Uwasawa are officially posted.

Korean free agent Jung-Ho Lee will be posted in December.

The Yankees are poised to strike at the Winter Meetings next week.

Do the Red Sox have the inside edge on signing Yoshinobu Yamamoto?

Some of the bigger free agent names that might have tough markets.

Who could be the next coach of the Carolina Panthers?

Sports Illustrated was publishing articles written by fake, AI writers, then deleted them all when called on it.

The teddy bear was once seen as having a dangerous influence on children.

There’s now an at-home test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Are we ready for digital car keys?

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