Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans

After I wrote my Royals PECOTA Projections analysis yesterday, I was ready to get ready for bed, knowing that I was going to go back into school after teaching virtually the entire week. Of course, last evening, things blew up on my Twitter, as the baseball world made the following announcement: The deal was a… Read More Royals get Benintendi, and how he fits into their short (and long) term plans

Could Ronald Bolanos be a sleeper for the Royals in 2021?

When the Royals traded Tim Hill to the Padres last summer, Franchy Cordero and his prodigious power potential seemed to resonate most with Royals fans. However, often overlooked in the deal was right-handed pitcher Ronald Bolanos, a highly-heralded arm in the Padres system who was signed for $2 million out of Cuba during the 2016-2017… Read More Could Ronald Bolanos be a sleeper for the Royals in 2021?

Three Statcast metrics to pay attention to from Franchy Cordero in 2021

Without a doubt, Franchy Cordero is a key player to the Royals’ chances in the AL Central in 2021. Projected to be Kansas City’s starting left fielder in 2021 (barring another move from GM Dayton Moore), Cordero was acquired in the Tim Hill trade last Summer (along with Ronald Bolanos), and is a tantalizing combination… Read More Three Statcast metrics to pay attention to from Franchy Cordero in 2021

Four Royals players most affected by the Santana and Taylor acquisitions

There is no doubt that the Kansas City Royals are a better team now after the acquisition of former Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, who seems pumped to be a Royal, if his Instagram is any indication: While some national analysts may still be skeptical on the deal and if it will move the needle… Read More Four Royals players most affected by the Santana and Taylor acquisitions

Royals non-tender Franco, which opens up intriguing roster possibilities this Winter

It’s certainly been one of the more exciting off-seasons in a while for Royals fans. Furthermore, it’s only December 2nd, and Winter Meetings have not even begun yet, which should give Royals fans more hope that more “Hot Stove” excitement is on the way. On Sunday, the Royals came to terms with pitcher Mike Minor,… Read More Royals non-tender Franco, which opens up intriguing roster possibilities this Winter

Will Michael A. Taylor surprise Royals fans in 2021?

While Mike Minor was the Royals’ first big splash this off-season on Sunday evening, the Royals first “official” big deal came on Monday, as the Royals announced the signing of former Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor (While Minor’s deal was announced Sunday evening, it did not become official until Tuesday): At the surface, the… Read More Will Michael A. Taylor surprise Royals fans in 2021?

Predicting the Royals’ arbitration decisions before the non-tender deadline

December 2nd is the non-tender deadline for all MLB teams. Here is an exact description of what the means for the baseball world, coming from CBS Sports’ “Key Offseason Dates for 2020-2021” piece: This is the deadline for teams to offer their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players a contract for 2021. They don’t have to sign… Read More Predicting the Royals’ arbitration decisions before the non-tender deadline

Random Royals Reflections From Game 1 of the World Series

So the Los Angeles Dodgers took Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. This isn’t surprising, because honestly, the Dodgers are the deeper team, especially offensively. If the Rays were going to have a shot in this thing, they would have needed an implosion from Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, as… Read More Random Royals Reflections From Game 1 of the World Series

Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline

The 2020 Trade Deadline of this weird, COVID-shortened MLB season has finally passed much to the chagrin of Baseball Twitter junkies across the nation. For the Royals, despite trading Brett Phillips to the Rays and Trevor Rosenthal to the Padres earlier last week and over the weekend, respectively, general manager Dayton Moore stayed relatively quiet… Read More Three Royals takeaways from Monday’s Trade Deadline