It’s been pretty rough for baseball fans when it comes to the hot stove season, mostly thanks to the owner’s lockout. Typically, December can be an intriguing month, due to the GM Winter Meetings as well as the Rule 5 Draft, which spurs a lot of action on the MLB hot stove. Unfortunately, the lockout… Read More Three Free Agent Pitchers Who Could Sign Minor League Deals with the Royals for 2022
According to Fangraphs’ Roster Resource Depth Chart, the Royals roster is currently at 40 after the signing of Taylor Clarke. Even though the Royals did non-tender Richard Lovelady, they did bring him back via a Minor League contract. Furthermore, though no official deals were finalized before the December 1st lockout, they did tender contracts to… Read More Three Lingering Royals Roster Questions During the Lockout
It’s been a busy “hot stove” day, as two major moves were announced today. First, news broke that the Minnesota Twins and Byron Buxton agreed on a seven-year, $100 million extension. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal went into more details on the deal on Twitter: This was a huge move for the Twins, as it seemed… Read More How the Buxton and Semien moves affect the Royals and AL Central
Opening Day should have been an omen for Royals fans in regard to Brad Keller and what his 2021 season would be like. After posting 2.47 ERA and accumulating a 1.3 fWAR in nine starts and 54.2 IP during the shortened 2020 season, Keller was an absolute disaster on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium against… Read More Can Brad Keller prove that 2021 was a fluke? (“Bounce Back Royals” series)
There has been a lot of talk about the Royals perhaps pursuing Jon Gray in free agency, which makes sense considering the Royals need an extra “presence” in the rotation to help guide their young starters. While the Royals saw some promising signs from their talented cadre of young pitchers, there still were signs that… Read More Could Michael Lorenzen benefit from a change of scenery with the Royals?
I have a piece coming up on the IBWAA’s “Here’s the Pitch” Newsletter tomorrow morning, so I don’t have an in-depth piece for today (plus it’s been a busy past couple of weeks at work). However, I did have some thoughts about some recent Royals roster moves, so I just wanted to share a quick… Read More ‘Reporter Jottings’: Benintendi’s extension negotiations; the latest flurry of roster moves; Royals to keep coaching staff intact
Last week, Alec Lewis of the Athletic wrote an article about the Royals front office’s plan for the offseason, and one of the highlights of the piece was Dayton Moore and JJ Picollo’s focus on Adalberto Mondesi‘s training plan in preparation for Spring Training in 2022: Without a doubt, it was a disappointing season for… Read More Why the Royals should make Adalberto Mondesi the regular DH to begin 2022
After blowing the clinching game against Houston at Truist Park in game 5 of the World Series, the Atlanta Braves took care of business and won the franchise’s second World Series since moving to Atlanta in 1966, and their first World Series since 1995. And a big contributor to the Braves’ World Series victory was… Read More The ‘Braves Way’ should give the Royals hope for the future
While the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros is going on right now, for most Royals fans, any baseball “attention” is on the offseason and what the Royals will do to improve their roster for 2022. Yes, the Royals most likely will be adding pieces this Winter, especially if they are serious… Read More Three arbitration-eligible players the Royals probably will move on from this offseason
As I have discussed on this blog before, Michael A. Taylor has been one of the more pleasant surprises for the Kansas City Royals in 2021. Signed on a paltry one-year, $1.75 million deal this past offseason, Taylor has emerged as the Royals’ everyday center fielder, as he has played in 137 games and accumulated… Read More The Royals extend Michael A. Taylor…was it the right move?