The MLB non-tender deadline was on Friday night, and as expected, many teams made a flurry of moves, with the biggest one of note being the Dodgers’ non-tendering of outfielder and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger. The Royals had some difficult decisions to make by the non-tender deadline, with 10 arbitration-eligible players entering this offseason.… Read More Three Thoughts About the Royals’ Moves at the Non-Tender Deadline
The Royals have been in the news a lot this week, for both good and well…not so good reasons. On Tuesday afternoon, owner John Sherman announced the Royals’ intention to move on from Kauffman Stadium at some point in the near future, with the plan to move into a downtown stadium in the process. As… Read More Three Takeaways from the Royals’ Recent Roster Moves (And Predictions for Friday)
It will be a big week not just for Kansas City Royals players, but pretty much every player in Major League Baseball in general. Tuesday is the deadline for MLB teams to add Rule 5-eligible players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the December Rule 5 Draft (which typically takes place during the… Read More Could Brad Keller Be On His Way Out in Kansas City?
The fact of the matter is that the Kansas City Royals are going to be continuing the rebuilding process in 2023. That message has constantly been reinforced by Royals GM JJ Picollo, who maintains that the Royals will not be spending more (or even as much) on the payroll compared to a year ago. It’s… Read More Four Royals Prospects Who Could Be on the Trading Block This Winter
On Sunday evening, MLB Insider Jeff Passan finally broke the news that the Kansas City Royals had finally found their manager in Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, who had emerged as the favorite for the job for weeks. Not long after Passan’s announcement (less than 15 minutes to be specific), the Royals made… Read More The Royals Find Their Manager in Quatraro…Now What Else is in Store?
According to Roster Resource’s payroll data, the Royals are projected to have an estimated payroll of $79 million, which would be down from the $88 million payroll they finished at the conclusion of the 2022 season. By no means do I think that the Royals will hover around that $79 million mark by Opening Day… Read More Three Royals Arbitration Cases Worth Paying Attention to This Offseason
The manager “hot stove” news cycle has been quite scorching this week, as many clubs with openings have announced their hirings for the 2023 season. Texas made the biggest splash, as they coaxed former Giants and Padres manager Bruce Bochy out of retirement, inking him to a three-year deal. The Blue Jays on the other… Read More Ranking the Royals Managers Candidates, Based on Early Reports
The Braves lost 7-6 in the opening round of the NLDS to the Phillies on Thursday, but they made a huge move on Monday as they extended budding young ace Spencer Strider to a seven-year, $92 million extension. The Strider deal was just a long line of “early extension” deals done by Braves GM Alex… Read More Examining the Royals’ Top Three Extension Priorities This Offseason
It’s been a few days since it happened. Still, JJ Picollo and the Kansas City Royals decided to part ways with manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred immediately after the season ended. Kansas City controlled the narrative on this one, as it was the organization, not “sources” or “reports”, who broke the news… Read More The Mike Matheny Era is Over…Will the Royals Give Pedro Grifol His Chance?
The Royals lost 10-3 to the Detroit Tigers, which not only completed the sweep for the Tigers but also put the Royals back in the cellar in the AL Central. It doesn’t help that the Royals have six games against the Cleveland Guardians in Cleveland to close the year, which probably seals Kansas City’s fate… Read More A Last-Place Finish Probably Spells the End for Matheny and this Royals Coaching Staff