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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 20, 2024

Are the Royals plotting one more big move?

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The Royals and Chiefs respond to Jackson County Executive Frank White’s veto of the sales tax extension for the stadiums.

In a letter sent late Friday to attorneys for the county legislature, obtained by The Star, the teams insist the “unresolved” issues on their projects are actually resolved. Or close to it.

They noted the letter of intent they sent back the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority (JCSCA) reflects agreement on major items, but also wrote,

“The teams are disappointed in the County Executive’s veto of the Ordinance which would deny the voters the opportunity to decide whether to retain the Chiefs and Royals in Jackson County for the long term.”

The teams have recently branched off for negotiations with the JCSCA, which operates the Truman Sports Complex — home to Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums.

Anne Rogers writes about Royals depth at second base.

Massey is the incumbent, and he’ll get a chance to retain the starting role in Spring Training. The 25-year-old had quite the roller coaster of a season last year and finished with a slash line of .229/.274/.381 with 15 home runs and 18 doubles. Massey posted just a 5.2% walk rate paired with a 21.5% strikeout rate. There’s clearly power in his offensive profile, and his defense is solid, as he posted 3 outs above average last season and developed good rapport with shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. up the middle.

That said, it won’t be surprising for Quatraro to mix and match at second base. Massey is a lefty, and the two backup options listed below are righties.

David Lesky at Inside the Crown is hearing whispers the Royals could still make a big move.

I don’t have enough information here to call this a rumor even, but to use an overused term at the trade deadline, I’ve heard rumblings that the Royals may have something big up their sleeve. And that trick would be to pull a third baseman out and plug into the middle of the lineup to lengthen a lineup that still needs an additional bat or two. There are a couple of free agents still available who I think make some sense, at least on a player level. The big fish, money-wise, is Matt Chapman, but Justin Turner and Gio Urshela are also still out there waiting to get signed.

Jaylon Thompson writes about who is expected to attend Royals Rally on February 3.

Kansas City Star writer Pete Grathoff explains his Hall of Fame ballot.

The Royals announce they will play an exhibition game at Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

The Astros sign reliever Josh Hader to a five-year, $95 million deal.

Reliever Robert Stephenson signs a three-year, $33 million deal with the Angels.

The Cardinals bring back veteran Matt Carpenter.

The Brewers are interested in first baseman Garrett Cooper.

Which active players are close to becoming Hall of Fame locks?

In international signings, the Pirates signed an outfielder named Iverson Allen.

Prosecutors release disturbing messages sent from Wander Franco to a minor.

The Raiders hire interim coach Antonio Pierce full time.

Sporting Kansas City cuts ties with controversial executive Gavin Wilkinson nine days after hiring him.

Copyright lawsuits could kill OpenAI.

Japan became the fifth country to land a spacecraft on the moon.

What’s the big deal about Stanley cups?

Your song of the day is Junior Walker & The All Stars with Shotgun.