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Brady Singer Makes Big Commitment For 2023

The 2023 Team USA World Baseball Classic roster just grew a little bit stronger. Kansas City Royals right-hander Brady Singer announced today that he will be participating in the legendary event next March.

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Max Rieper

Royals Review Mailbag: Pitching coach, trades, and downtown baseball

Let’s get the pulse of the fanbase as the Hot Stove heats up.

It has been a slow off-season for the Royals so far, but things could pick up next week as teams meet for the Winter Meetings. I thought it might be a good time to solicit questions and discuss topics among the Royals fanbase, everything from the pitching coach search to the hot stove to downtown baseball.

Will the Royals ever sign a pitching coach?

— Matt's Off The Cuff Gaming (@matt_basement) November 29,...

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Possible trade targets: American League West

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Some ideas on who might be beneficial to go after in the west

I started with the NL East last week, and now I am moving on to the AL West where the most interesting trade partner is a more high-risk, high-reward strategy. Here is what I am doing again, in case you missed the first one:

I am following a few parameters. In general, I am looking for starting pitchers, third base or shortstop, outfield, and possibly catcher. All the targets are for...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for December 2, 2022

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Could the White Sox be interested in Salvador Perez?

Ken Rosenthal speculates that the White Sox could be interested in Salvador Perez due to the Pedro Grifol connection, but a trade is not likely.

The Royals, however, are not inclined to move Perez, and certainly not to a team in their division. Perez is the last player remaining from their 2015 World Series champions. Club officials view him as an important part of the Royals’ offense and an...

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Royals Fans Are Thrilled About The New Pitching Coach

The Kansas City Royals came one step closer to finalizing their coaching staff for the 2023 season. After hiring former Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as their new manager to replace Mike Matheny, the Royals have brought in a new pitching coach.

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Royals hire Brian Sweeney as pitching coach

Sweeney, 48, is a former big league pitcher for the Mariners and Padres over 2003-2006. He went to Japan for three seasons from 2007 to 2009 and came back to the Mariners in 2010. He played a few more seasons in the minors, but that was his last stint in the big leagues.

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Former Royals pitcher and Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry dies at age 84

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The famed spitballer finished his Hall of Famer career in Kansas City.

Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry, best known for his prodigious use of the spitball, has died at the age of 84 according to the Associated Press. Perry won 314 games in a 22-year career, ending his career with 14 starts with the Royals in 1983. He was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young in both the American and National League, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of...

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Max Rieper

Royals Review Radio: The Slow off-season episode

Which free agents do we like?

This will be Max Rieper’s last show as host, but fear not, Jeremy Greco and new writer Jacob Milham will carry on the show! The three discuss free agents they like and free agents they don’t like, and take a look at this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.

You can follow Max Rieper on Twitter at @maxrieper, Jeremy Greco at @hokius, and Jacob Milham at @JMilTheHam.

Royals Review Radio is available on iTunes.

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Royals hire Guardians bullpen coach Brian Sweeney as pitching coach

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Hopefully he can bring some of that Cleveland pitching magic here.

The Royals will hire Brian Sweeney as their new pitching coach, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Sweeney has served as bullpen coach with the Cleveland Guardians since 2019, working with a team that has finished top four in ERA in the AL in three of his four seasons there.

Sweeney is originally from the New York area who went undrafted after pitching at...

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Kevin Ruprecht

The Brady Singer front-hip sinker special

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The pitch that makes me weak in the knees

Here in this corner of the internet, we love to analyze baseball. Numbers, graphs, charts. I do too, for sure. A good old chart can really get me going. As I have gotten older, though, the aesthetics of the game have come more and more to the forefront of my enjoyment. The things that my eyes like to watch rather than the things my brain likes to understand.

I have long maintained (in my head)...

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Matthew LaMar

The Royals are in a tough spot this offseason

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What to do?

The definition of what makes a “contender” in baseball is slippery. Is a contender a team that expects to compete for a World Series victory? Is a contender a team that expects to win its division? Is a contender...

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Greg Walker

Royals Rumblings - News for December 1, 2022

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The first day of meteorological winter

Anne Rogers details how the Royals could approach the upcoming Winter Meetings:

The vast number of changes to the Royals in 2023 will be on the coaching staff, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be roster changes. The Royals need pitching and are looking for a starter or two, specifically veteran types who can eat innings while taking the weight off the young staff Kansas City...

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Max Rieper

Finding a trade partner for Michael A. Taylor

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Could the Royals move the defensive standout?

It remains to be seen whether J.J. Picollo will be more transactional than Dayton Moore, but one clear move the team could make this off-season is to trade centerfielder Michael A. Taylor. Taylor has been a pretty valuable pickup for the Royals since signing with them before the 2021 season, playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in a ballpark that requires a ballhawk. But with the emergence of Drew...

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 30, 2022

Do you have any Thanksgiving leftovers left?

At The Athletic, Jayson Jenks gathered rankings from experts on who would have the most trade value for the Royals:

• Let’s run down the consensus top five. Witt isn’t going anywhere. Singer is 26, and it seems more likely the Royals sign him to an extension than move him. Trading Lynch would be selling low. And if the Royals were one move away from contention, you could make a case to part with Cross, the team’s 2022 first-round pick....

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Moving on: An interview with Royals Farm Report’s Alex Duvall

Aug 23, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of a Kansas City Royals ball cap and logo during the game between the Texas Rangers and the Royals at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Royals defeated the Rangers 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

One of the community’s biggest contributors is stepping back, for bigger and better things in 2023.

The Kansas City Royals fanbase is fairly close, for all its faults and shortcomings. Social media has...

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Max Rieper

Non-tendered free agents that could be of interest to the Royals

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Find some uncut gems.

If the Royals dip their toe into free agency at all, it is likely to be in the shallow end of the pool. The club is relying mostly on its young talent developing, and isn’t looking to add players in their decline phase at great cost.

However, a few weeks ago, a number of additional players hit the free agency pool when the deadline to tender arbitration-eligible players a contract passed. Non-tendered free agents could be more attractive...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for November 29, 2022

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Congrats to Jose Cuas, winner of the 2022 Tony Conigliaro Award!

Anne Rogers at MLB.com writes about free agent starting pitchers the Royals could target.

Zach Eflin, RHP Eflin, 28, has spent his entire Major League career with the Phillies, so it would be a hard sell to lure him away from Philadelphia after its World Series run in 2022, one that Eflin was a key part of in the bullpen. He’s been a starter for most of his career, though, and his experience...

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Please welcome new writer Jacob Milham

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We found a new writer quicker than the Royals found a pitching coach.

The Royals may be taking their time filling out their coaching staff, but we’re moving forward with additions to our writing staff. Joining us is Jacob Milham, who you may be familiar with already if you’re a Royals fans. Jacob has written at KC Kingdom and Inside the Royals and has hosted a podcast, Royals Rundown. He will be taking over regular hosting duties on our podcast,...

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2022 Season in review: Kyle Isbel

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It was good. It was also bad. Maybe we have a fourth outfielder in the making.

Kyle Isbel went into 2022 trying to find his way to an everyday spot in the outfield. At the end of the season, it is a bit of a mixed bag for how his year went. Defensively he showed a lot of promise, but offensively he regressed a bit. Next year is going to be a pivotal year for Isbel as the Royals look to start solidifying their lineup around the young players that they see as...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for November 28, 2022

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Is MJ Melendez a catcher or an outfielder?

Jim Bowden writes about each American League team’s needs this off-season.

Picollo has made it clear to other GMs and agents that his offseason goals are to add a proven veteran starting pitcher, improve the bullpen, and add a right-handed bat to the lineup, likely an outfielder, as he waits for the team’s strong young nucleus — led by Bobby Witt Jr., MJ Melendez and Vinnie Pasquantino —...

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