In a bit of stunning news on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers traded closer Gregory Soto, along with utility infielder Kody Clemens, to Philadelphia for outfielders Matt Vierling and Nick Maton, as well as catcher Donny Sands. The move was mostly an unexpected one from both ends. The Phillies were already pretty full in the bullpen,… Read More How Does the Gregory Soto Deal Affect Scott Barlow and the Royals Bullpen?
The MLB Winter Meetings officially kicked off today, and there were plenty of moves around the league that caught the attention of baseball fans. The first big story was the announcement that the New York Mets, in response to losing Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers in free agency, signed reigning Cy Young award winner… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: Picollo’s Focus During Winter Meetings; and MJ and Salvy on the Trading Block?
While watching the Phillies’ 7-0 win, one player primarily stuck out to me amidst the Phillies’ barrage of home runs against Houston’s Lance McCullers, Jr. (a fan favorite of Royals fans when it comes to “hate-ability”). And surprisingly enough, that one player wasn’t a Philadelphia hitter. Rather, it was Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suárez, who… Read More Can Angel Zerpa Be Ranger Suárez-Esque for the Royals?
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
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
On Josh Vernier’s Royals offseason spectacular on 610 Sports Radio, JJ Picollo made an interesting statement in regard to improving the Royals’ pitching situation, which ranked 21st in the league in team ERA last season: The focus on improving the bullpen through free agency or trades rather than the rotation, which seemed to be the… Read More Three Free Agent Relievers Who Could Boost the Royals’ Bullpen Next Season
The 2020 Rule 5 Draft will be coming up this week on December 10th (during the “virtual” MLB Winter Meetings), and it seems likely that the Kansas City Royals will once again be an active participant in the annual event. The Royals made picks in the Rule 5 Draft in 2019 and 2018 (Stephen Woods,… Read More Five possible Royals Rule 5 Draft targets
It seems to be just one bomb after another for folks not just nationally, but here in Kansas City as well. Last night, Governor of Kansas Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools in the state of Kansas to close their doors and go to online learning for the remainder of the semester in order to… Read More Three things to help Royals fans get their baseball fix while social distancing
Yes, I have not posted on this blog in a while. But now that the Notre Dame football season and my first fall semester of grad school is over, I feel like I can begin to turn my focus toward Royals baseball again, especially as we head into 2020. And let’s face it Royals fans…you… Read More Is Maikel Franco an ‘analytics’ signing by Moore?