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Weekend Rumblings - News for December 9, 2023

Are the Royals on the verge of making some moves?

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David Lesky at Inside the Crown responds to recent trade rumors.

I actually do think the trade market is what opens up over the next few weeks. I may be way off here, but it sort of feels like if a free agent doesn’t sign by the winter meetings, they hold off for a bit to re-engage. Now, that’s an opportunity for the Royals to swoop in, but I would bet that we’ll get quite a few trade rumors. I had pegged the Yankees as a good MJ Melendez landing spot, but that’s not the case anymore with their Juan Soto trade. And yes, I think it’s funny that there’s even a small comparison there. Still, the Giants, Marlins, Angels, Reds and maybe even the Blue Jays could be an interesting fit for him and they all have intriguing starting pitching that could be part of a return.

Baseball America has their scouting reports on the Rule 5 draft.

Sauer ranked as high as 10th in the Yankees’ system at one point. While he’s not nearly as prominent a prospect at this point, there are still reasons to be intrigued. Sauer’s fastball/slider combination is effective as a starter and could play up further if he’s moved to the bullpen. He was an effective starter at Double-A Somerset last year, giving him a profile of a swingman who could help the Royals in the bullpen for multiple innings with an ability to spot start.

Chances To Stick: Good.

The Royals don’t know who will broadcast their games past 2024.

The Red Sox acquire outfielder Tyler O’Neill from the Cardinals.

The Angels send catcher Max Stassi and infielder David Fletcher to the Braves.

Jorge López signs with the Mets on a one-year, $2 million deal.

The Mariners and Diamondbacks have interest in free agent Jorge Soler.

Boston has interest in free agent Whit Merrifield.

The Yankees have not had extension talks with Juan Soto yet.

Everyone was following Shohei Ohtani’s plane to Toronto yesterday.

Former Royals Albert Abreu and Franchy Cordero are headed to Japan.

The Yankees’ facial hair policy may hurt them with free agents.

Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein is in talks to buy the Orioles.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf met with the mayor of Nashville.

Former Dodgers outfielder Vic Davalillo passed away at the age of 84.

A former Jacksonville Jaguars employee is accused of stealing $22 million from the team.

Seven states are suing the NCAA over its transfer rule.

Plagiarism is a problem with online content creators.

The best sci-fi and fantasy books of 2023.

How did Studio Ghibli break through in America?

Your song of the day is The Marshall Tucker Band with Take the Highway.