Anne Rogers got reactions from a frustrated J.J. Picollo after the Royals fell to number six in the draft lottery:
“There’s frustration,” general manager J.J. Picollo said. “There’s disappointment. You go into it thinking you might get the first pick, which is a little bit of a dubious honor, but the season’s over, you want the best opportunity to select the best players. Now we’ve dropped four slots. So it’s frustrating. It’s the system in place. There’s nothing we can do about it. There’s been a lot of good players taken in the top 10, so it’s not going to change the way we approach scouting.”
Even more stunning was who jumped ahead of the Royals. They will watch the White Sox select fifth and the Guardians pick first overall next year. The bouncing of a few ping pong balls earlier in the day meant Cleveland’s 2 percent chance at the No. 1 pick turned into reality.
“We’re also competing in the [American League] Central, and four of the five teams now have jumped [ahead of the Royals in the past two Drafts],” Picollo said. “... They’re the teams we’re trying to beat. … Again, it’s the system in place, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it but start working on who’s going to be in that area.”
On that note, Preson Farr wrote at Farm To Fountains that the draft lottery has not been a solution as advertised.
At Inside the Crown, David Lesky looks at Royals front office members’ public remarks during the Winter Meetings to try to figure out what the team is going to do.
And at Into the Fountains, Craig Brown rounded up media quotes as well, plus a reminder that the Royals historically have done their biggest deals after the winter meetings, PLUS a handful of Bluesky invite codes if anyone would like to join there.
Vinnie Pasquantino was a guest on the Cespedes Family BBQ podcast, and he came with ideas:
Erick Fedde may have been a help to the Royals, but it’s a moot point now as he signed with the White Sox...
...unless the White Sox do something like the Braves just did to Marco Gonzales, acquiring him on Sunday and then trading him to the Pirates yesterday.
The Marlins need help in the middle infield, as Jazz Chisholm, Jr. will spend his playing time in the outfield.
The Red Sox traded Alex Verdugo within their division to the Yankees.
Buster Olney is salty at Shoehi Ohtani and Co. for their insistence on secrecy in his free agency period.
At Defector, Ray Ratto asks how mad everyone would be if Ohtani just stayed in Anaheim. One guy who is for sure staying in Anaheim is Mike Trout.
A collection of unpopular opinions to either secretly agree with or feel indignant about.
A Minnesota tribe is building a future in hempcrete, a construction material made from hemp.
On a personal note, yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of two cats meowing in the hallway outside my bedroom, which is really weird because we only have one cat!
Who is he?— Minda Haas Kuhlmann (@minda33) December 5, 2023
No, really, we don't know this cat. He just let himself in to our home at 5 in the morning. Friendly little fella, though. pic.twitter.com/YCQfRhHDsX
Alison Green of Ask a Manager assembled some suggestions for workplace gifts to give to employees (but remember, gifts shouldn’t flow upward in the workplace!).
A list of R-rated movies that you can actually watch with your kids. Which leads me to today’s question, courtesy of my brother: what was the first movie/show that you watched that left you feeling devastated? My brother noticed that his kids can watch things like that one Pixar short with the dumpling and then just go about their day, while he is an emotional wreck. How old are people when they start to feel a deep emotional reaction?
SOTD: Taylor Swift - Is It Over Now?