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Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2023

Here’s what Will Smith might look like in a Royals uniform.

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Anne Rogers covers the Will Smith signing for the Royals.

The Royals view Smith as one option for the back end of the bullpen along with Nick Anderson, whom they acquired in a trade with the Braves last month. Younger right-handers James McArthur and Carlos Hernández also have potential to close games for the Royals.

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman reacts to the signing.

First and foremost, bringing Smith back to Kansas City should be seen as no more than it probably is — an inexpensive mechanism via which the Royals hope to achieve short-term bullpen improvement, then shop their newest acquisition at the midsummer trade deadline. It’s likely nothing more and nothing less.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter reviews Rule 5 draft pick Matt Sauer.

A fastball-slider pitcher, Sauer’s outlook profiles very similarly to Brad Keller, whom the Royals acquired in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. Keller came to the Royals as a hybrid pitcher who was utilized primarily in relief initially. After he got comfortable at the Major League level though, he started to gain starts and he ended up producing solid numbers as a starter from 2018 to 2020 before the wheels fell off in 2021.

Preston Farr at Farm to Fountains ranks the value of everyone on the Royals’ roster.

7. OF TYLER GENTRY — VALUE SCORE: 32.0

The most valuable outfielder in the organization is…a minor leaguer yet to make his MLB debut. Does that make sense? Considering how bad the Royals were last season — putting forth some of the worst outfielder production in the entire league — that shouldn’t be too hard to believe. Gentry has maximum team control remaining and is right up there with Maikel Garcia and Bobby Witt Jr. in terms of hit tool. His eye at the plate and plate discipline are both great, even if his power potential is right around average. He’s a well-rounded player with a solid upside.

Royals first round pick Blake Mitchell is putting in work.

Astros fans are intrigued by Dylan Coleman’s potential.

The White Sox acquire catcher Max Stassi from the Braves.

The Marlins acquire catcher Christian Bethancourt from the Guardians.

Cleveland signs catcher Austin Hedges to a one-year, $4 million deal.

Detroit signs reliever Andrew Chafin to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

There are more details now on the record-setting Shohei Ohtani contract.

Next on the Dodgers’ agenda - getting a starting pitcher.

Teams that lost out on Ohtani may now turn to Cody Bellinger.

Catcher Francisco Alvarez is interested in a contract extension with the Mets.

How should we interpret exit velocity data?

Ha-Seong Kim files a blackmail complaint against a Korean ballplayer.

Why Jayden Daniels won the Heisman Trophy.

What does Jon Rahm’s move to LIV Golf mean for the sport?

There’s not much data that video doorbells help deter crime.

There’s a gigantic hole in the sun that is spewing superfast solar wind at us.

It has become too easy to buy stuff you don’t really want.

Your song of the day is Will Smithw with Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.