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Royals Rumblings - News for December 4, 2023

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Jaylon Thompson writes about the Royals storylines going into the Winter Meetings.

The Royals have earmarked pitchers Cole Ragans, Brady Singer and Jordan Lyles in the 2024 starting rotation. There are two spots available and a wealth of internal options that include Daniel Lynch IV, Kris Bubic, Alec Marsh and Angel Zerpa, among others. The starting rotation is a point of uncertainty.

The Royals would like to pursue a front-line starter to pair alongside Ragans. The Star previously outlined some realistic free-agent starters that could interest the Royals.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporters writes about what he’s looking for at the Winter Meetings.

Then again though, the Royals aren’t exactly in a great position when it comes to taking advantage of the trade market. There aren’t any Top-100 prospects currently in the Royals system (though catcher Ramon Ramirez could be one at some point in 2024 if he continues his progression). Thus, if the Royals want to trade anyone this offseason, it will have to come from their MLB roster.

That means that it’s possible that the Royals’ 2024 roster may not include Salvador Perez, who’s been tied to the Marlins and White Sox organizations previously, MJ Melendez, who still has intriguing potential, or Maikel Garcia, who had a promising rookie season and is off to another scorching start in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Jacob Milham at Kings of Kauffman writes about some realistic free agent pitching targets.

The Diamondbacks had some interest in Garrett Hampson before he signed with the Royals.

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The Dodgers are near a deal to bring back reliever Joe Kelly.

Jackson Chourio is close to an $82 million deal with the Brewers before he ever plays an MLB game.

The Blue Jays and Mariners are interested in Rays third baseman Isaac Paredes.

The Orioles go into the Winter Meetings in win-now mode.

The Mets are looking to add outfield help.

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