Royals “Hall of Not Forgotten”: Billy Butler, 1B/DH

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Billy Butler would be inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame. Over eight seasons in Kansas City, Butler accumulated a WAR of 12.5 as a Royal. Unfortunately, that puts him outside the list of the Top 24 Royals of All-Time, according to Baseball Reference WAR, and it seems… Read More Royals “Hall of Not Forgotten”: Billy Butler, 1B/DH

Three quick takeaways from the Royals’ latest 40-man moves

On Friday evening, the Kansas City Royals, in accordance with the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, released their updated 40-man roster, via Twitter: To go deeper, the Royals also posted the following moves, which included the addition of a four different players to the 40-man roster as well as the release… Read More Three quick takeaways from the Royals’ latest 40-man moves

Royals have critical arbitration decisions to make with Soler and Franco

It has been a quiet Winter thus far on the transactions front for the Kansas City Royals, though to be frank, it has been that way throughout the league. However, even though “hot stove” discussion will most likely get warmer once the baseball world enters the month of December, it will be interesting to see… Read More Royals have critical arbitration decisions to make with Soler and Franco

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?

Gutierrez and Viloria may be on their way out of Kansas City by 2021

There’s no question that baseball teams and general managers have to make tough decisions when it comes to building a roster. Already, Dayton Moore has had to make some challenging decisions in regard to clearing space on the 40-man roster for some potential moves this Winter. Those moves have mostly focused on the pitching side,… Read More Gutierrez and Viloria may be on their way out of Kansas City by 2021

How Matt Shoemaker could affect the Royals rotation in 2021

The Royals appear at the outset of the off-season to be more on the “buyer” end than “seller” end, much to the delight of Kansas City baseball fans. The two areas in most need of an upgrade appear to be the outfield (especially in the wake of Alex Gordon’s retirement) and the starting rotation. The… Read More How Matt Shoemaker could affect the Royals rotation in 2021

Three position free agents worth exploring for the Royals

It’s been a wild week for me personally and professionally with teaching and graduate school. Hence, that is why this past week has not produced much on this blog. That being said, with things dying down slightly with the “end” of the election, not to mention the winding down of the school semester, I can… Read More Three position free agents worth exploring for the Royals

Are the Royals becoming the “Moneyball” team of the pandemic era?

As profiled in Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball”, the Oakland Athletics in the early 2000’s zigged while the rest of the league zagged. While other clubs valued traditional scouting as well as flawed statistical analysis to evaluate players (such as batting average to measure hitting; ERA to measure pitching; and fielding percentage to measure defense), the… Read More Are the Royals becoming the “Moneyball” team of the pandemic era?

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