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Royals Rumblings - News for January 2, 2024

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Jaylon Thompson tries to project the Royals’ starting lineup.

The Royals have some decisions to make. Competition is expected at a few spots during spring training. Will they add another versatile left-handed bench bat? How will they fill their final bench spots? These questions will be answered before the season begins....

Also worth noting: Royals manager Matt Quatraro likes to shift his lineup. There will be days when Perez is the designated hitter and Fermin plays catcher. Hampson could also draw starts to spell Isbel, Massey, Garcia or Witt.

David Lesky looks at the breakout potential of Maikel Garcia.

I do think there’s more power in the tank, both as he grows and as he evolves as a big leaguer. But even if he is someone who will get you 25-30 doubles, five or six triples and eight to 10 homers in a season, he can still be successful. What made him so intriguing in the minors was his ability to command the strike zone. In 2022, he walked 41 times and struck out 60 in Northwest Arkansas in 369 plate appearances. If you don’t want to do the math yourself, that’s an 11.1 percent walk rate and 16.3 percent strikeout rate. But he went to Omaha and the walk rate fell to 9.1 percent while the strikeout rate jumped to 22.6 percent. Without a ton of power, that doesn’t work great. He did hit seven homers and 10 doubles in 186 plate appearances, so it did work but that seems to be a bit of an anomaly for him.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter has three takeaways from 2023 for the Royals.

Jared Perkins at Farm to Fountains takes an early look at the 2024 draft.

Royals fan Ethan Bryan writes about why he wants to play catch with everyone.

The Braves acquire pitcher Chris Sale from the Red Sox for infielder Vaughn Grissom

Boston also signs pitcher Lucas Giolito to a two-year, $38.5 million deal.

The Reds sign pitcher Frankie Montas to a one-year, $16 million deal

Toronto may be interested in free agent Joc Pederson.

The best MLB debut games in recent history.

Rays shortstop Wander Franco is arrested for not showing up to a meeting with investigators.

Travis Sawchik wrote about those trying to start a career in the business of baseball.

Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs explains his Hall of Fame ballot.

One Hall of Fame voter complains about attacks on social media for his ballot.

Bob Nightengale talks to Omar Vizquel about allegations of domestic abuse and sexual harassment towards a bat boy.

Two former scouts sue the Tigers, alleging age discrimination.

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How Mayim Bialik lost her role as the main host of Jeopardy!

The most anticipated TV shows of 2024.

Your song of the day is Death Cab for Cutie with New Year.