Ervin Santana signing with Royals was unexpected, but could be a surprising boost

There is no doubt that the Royals have been active in terms of upgrading their Major League pitching depth this off-season in preparation for 2021. The Royals did see rookies Brady Singer and Kris Bubic make solid debuts in 2020, and have a system chock full of highly rated pitching prospects (with Daniel Lynch, Jackson… Read More Ervin Santana signing with Royals was unexpected, but could be a surprising boost

One roster question for each AL Central team as 2020 nears its end

In about a week, 2020 will finally come to a close, much to everyone’s relief. For MLB fans, it has been a “frigid” Hot Stove season, as virtual MLB Winter Meetings, owners financial concerns, and the hazy state of when Spring Training will actually begin have kept the transactions to a minimum this off-season. Cespedes… Read More One roster question for each AL Central team as 2020 nears its end

Year two will provide different challenges for Matheny as Royals manager

Honestly, among most Royals fans, year one of the Mike Matheny era was a relative success. Even though former Royals manager Ned Yost helped bring two pennants and a World Series title back to Kansas City, it was obvious that the club was in need of a change. His old-school approach, especially in regard to… Read More Year two will provide different challenges for Matheny as Royals manager

Three free agent outfielders whom the Royals should avoid this off-season

It’s been a fun, hot stove season for Kansas City Royals fans, which hasn’t necessarily been said about the team in a while. Of the current AL Central clubs, only the Chicago White Sox have been as aggressive, as they acquired Lance Lynn in a trade with the Texas Rangers (though I think they may… Read More Three free agent outfielders whom the Royals should avoid this off-season

Taking a look at each AL Central club’s most intriguing non-tender/free agent

The MLB non-tender deadline has passed, which should make the upcoming MLB Winter Meetings all that more interesting, especially with so many quality free agents available. Due to financial losses from COVID, it was evident that MLB clubs were more frugal than in seasons past, and were less willing to give expensive contracts to arbitration-eligible… Read More Taking a look at each AL Central club’s most intriguing non-tender/free agent

Could a Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera “Royals” return be looming?

Last off-season, Dayton Moore struck gold by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal and Greg Holland to boost the bullpen in 2020. Even though both Rosenthal and Holland were coming off rough seasons in 2019, Moore was able to sign the former Cardinals and Royals closers to Minor League deals. Much to the benefits of the Royals organization,… Read More Could a Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera “Royals” return be looming?

Baseball fans should be upset with the White Sox right now after La Russa DUI

As a baseball and Royals fan, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the Tony La Russa hire. While I knew La Russa had name-recognition and was a Hall of Famer, I felt that the game had passed him by (he struggled in a front office stint with the Diamondbacks), and that there were more qualified candidates… Read More Baseball fans should be upset with the White Sox right now after La Russa DUI

Pedro Grifol may still be on staff next year, and why that’s good for the Royals, but bad for baseball

The American League Central has been a manager “carousel” of sorts, as both the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox had vacancies for their manager position this off-season. The Tigers knew of their need for a replacement earlier than other clubs, as former manager Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement in the final weeks of the… Read More Pedro Grifol may still be on staff next year, and why that’s good for the Royals, but bad for baseball

Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)

It was definitely a weird Thursday, as Rawlings announced their Gold Glove finalists for each position. While Alex Gordon did receive another nomination, which could put him in line for an eighth Gold Glove and a fourth-straight Gold Glove, the most polarizing story of the day may involve Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez, who was… Read More Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)

Should the AL Central’s lackluster showing in the postseason give hope to (or worry) Royals fans?

The American League Central appeared to be one of the stronger divisions in the American League in 2020, as they had three teams represented in the new expanded postseason format: the division champion Minnesota Twins (36-24); the Cleveland Indians (35-25); and the Chicago White Sox (35-25), who were appearing in their first postseason since 2008.… Read More Should the AL Central’s lackluster showing in the postseason give hope to (or worry) Royals fans?