Sam McDowell writes about why ballpark negotiations are at an impasse.
How wide is the gap with White? Multiple sources familiar with the negotiations told The Star that as recently as this week, White, a member of the Royals’ team Hall of Fame, requested the county receive upwards of $25 million annually to offset the county’s contributions to the stadium and provide a revenue stream for parks and other items.
Over a proposed 40-year lease, that request would total $1 billion.
And the teams have balked at that ask, multiple sources said. It’s hard to envision the voter base having an appetite for such an arrangement.
Which leaves a disconnect on finances buoyed by a disconnect on timing, the persistence of which will prompt some tense steps in the immediate, and potentially long-term, future.
Anne Rogers writes about depth at the catching position, and how much Salvy will play.
“Talking with Salvy, he’s open to anything,” Quatraro said at the Winter Meetings last month. “He just wants to play. He played first last year, he’s OK DHing, doesn’t love it, even though it’s something he’s pretty good at. Freddy did a great job last year. We hope he does that again and more. … He’s going to do great defensively whenever we put him in there, so that’s a nice fallback for us. But we’re open to taking some games away from Salvy behind the plate as much for his own good because we know he wants to play another four, five, six years.”
David Lesky reacts to some recent front office hires of former Nationals executives.
Those on the scouting side are judged by the players they bring in and how those players perform. But as with the Bridges hire, I haven’t talked to anyone who doesn’t see this as a huge hire for the Royals. They’ve struggled so much on the international side in recent years. Just three of their MLB Pipeline top-30 prospects are players they’ve signed internationally. They need help and Dipuglia has a reputation of being very successful in providing that help.
And on a related international note, the Royals are expected to sign Yandel Ricardo, a shortstop out of Cuba, when the window opens up a week from Monday. He’s a switch hitter with a good approach and room to fill out to add more power. He’s a bit older than many of the signees having turned 17 in October, but at 6’2” and 185 lbs., there’s a pretty good chance he doesn’t stick at shortstop. But, depending on where you’re looking, he’s ranked as one of the 15 or so best international free agents, so that’s a pretty big one for the Royals. The downside of the international market is that you generally don’t see the results too quickly, so we won’t know for awhile, but the signs are good for a turnaround.
Matthew Robison at Farm to Fountains looks at what’s next for the Royals this off-season.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a list of Lynch IV, Nick Pratto, Angel Zerpa, and maybe even M.J. Melendez, get shipped away to refuel the farm system. Some of them might be more lateral moves, to potentially have some team control over some younger players.
I won’t touch on these a lot, but Milwaukee and Baltimore might be a couple teams Kansas City might want to link up with. Both teams have an abundance of young, controllable outfielders that they just don’t have enough spots for.
The Mariners send Robbie Ray to the Giants for Anthony Desclafani and Mitch Haniger.
Seattle also sends José Caballero to Tampa Bay for Luke Raley.
The Rockies sign their first free agents of the off-season - pitcher Dakota Hudson and catcher Jacob Stallings.
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