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Max Rieper

Royals claim pitcher Carlos Sanabria off waivers from the Astros, Mike Montgomery elects free agency

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Reliever Kevin McCarthy also becomes a free agent.

The Royals have claimed 23-year old right-hander Carlos Sanabria off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Sanabria hails from Venezuela and made his Major League debut with the Astros this year, appearing in two games, allowing two runs in two innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Last year he pitched in High A Fayetteville where he dominated with a 1.54 ERA in 11 2?3 innings before...

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Max Rieper

What would YOU do with the Royals this off-season?

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Choose your own GM adventure!

The off-season is officially upon us and we’re all expecting a super slow winter with teams doing everything they can to avoid paying baseball players. The Royals may be willing to buck the trend as they have grown tired of losing and want to start winning now, but it will all depend on how much the new ownership group led by John Sherman is willing to tolerate financial losses, particularly with...

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David Lesky

Lesky’s Notes: The offseason is already wild

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Just wait until guys start getting non-tendered.

The World Series ended on Tuesday night and since then, there’s already been some craziness going on around baseball. All the free agents to be became officially free agents, which is normal. But with finances in flux around the game (don’t roll your eyes too hard), there are so many sort of bizarre decisions being made. One example is the Indians putting Brad Hand on waivers hoping someone will claim...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2020

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VOTE FOR SALVY!

Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2020

Mike Rosenbaum scouts the Royals prospects in the instructional camp.

Erick Pena, 17, was the Royals’ youngest player at the Kauffman site before joining the club’s instructional league camp in Arizona. The organization’s top signing ($3,897,500) from the 2019-20 international class, he’s benefited greatly from training in both environments, demonstrating tools, skills and aptitude that...

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Matthew LaMar

Analytics is not the boogeyman

Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays is taken out of the game by manager Kevin Cash during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Six of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. | Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images

Analytics is just another tool in the toolbox

Backed into a corner with no room for error, the Tampa Bay Rays thankfully had an ace up their sleeve in the form of an ace on the field: Blake Snell. The 2018 American...

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Max Rieper

Greg Holland, Ian Kennedy among 147 free agents

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Will the Royals bring back a reliever?

Royals relievers Greg Holland and Ian Kennedy were among the 147 players who became free agents on Wednesday. The Royals have four free agents in all, with Holland and Kennedy joining starter Matt Harvey and outfielder Alex Gordon, who has announced his retirement.

Royals manager Mike Matheny has expressed an interest in bringing back Holland, who he praised for his tutelage of young Royals pitchers. The 34-year old...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 29, 2020

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Could Dan Marino have been a Royals third baseman?

Royals Rumblings - News for October 29, 2020

Jeffrey Flanagan has frequently asked questions about the off-season.

And Kansas City will definitely be interested in re-signing Holland, who was 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and had six saves. Holland was well-liked by the younger Royals relievers, who viewed him as a mentor. But, of course, finances will be an issue in trying to bring back Holland, or Trevor...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Royals interested in re-signing reliever Greg Holland?

With the offseason now underway, Holland should quickly go from someone who couldn’t land a guaranteed deal last winter to a sought-after commodity.

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Max Rieper Shaun Newkirk Matthew LaMar

Royals Review Radio: The award season episode

Who was Royals MVP, and will any boys in blue bring home a Gold Glove?

The season is over and Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Matthew LaMar put a bow on it by handing out awards for the best and worst of the Royals season. Plus we discuss the thrilling World Series between the Dodgers and Rays. Among the topics we discuss:

Who was the Royals most valuable player?

Who was the biggest surprise? Biggest disappointment?

Can Alex Gordon or Nicky Lopez bring home a Gold Glove?

How do we watch the...

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Max Rieper

Baseball is over! What you need to know about this off-season

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I stare out the window and wait for spring.

It is cold and dark outside, which means baseball season is over. The Royals have been done for some time, but with the crowning of a new champion this week, we can put a wrap on one of the strangest seasons in baseball history.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty over how things will play out going into next season, but we’ll try to wade through it all the best we can.

What are the Royals going to do...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for October 28, 2020

In costume as BusinessDog. | Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Would you have pulled Blake Snell?

Congratulations to the World Series winning Los Angeles Dodgers.

At The Athletic, Alec Lewis asked questions and got answers from pitching coach Cal Eldred.

As you look back at this past year, what impressed you most about the pitching staff?Eldred: Each individual player got better. When a pitching coach says that, everybody is like, “Well …” But no, they got better because they did things. Not...

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Ryan Landreth

World Series Game 6 Thread: Rays vs. Dodgers

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Now or never for Tampa Bay.

Game 6 in Texas.

Dodgers and Rays.

What’s your prediction?

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Max Rieper

What if the Royals never trade David Cone to the Mets?

The local kid stays home.

I’m starting a new series called “What If” where I explore alternate universes of Royals baseball to find out what could have happened differently. Today, we look back at one of the worst trades in Royals history. What if the Royals never trade David Cone for Ed Hearn?

David Cone grew up in the Northeast district of Kansas City and attended Rockhurst High School. Rockhurst had no high school baseball team at the time, so Cone played in the summer Ban Johnson...

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Max Rieper

Free agency preview: Outfielders

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Can the Royals find an on-base hitter?

There is a proud tradition in Kansas City of fielding outfielders who are absolute ball hawks, running down anything in the air in spacious Kauffman Stadium. But Lorenzo Cain is long gone, and next season will be the first time in a decade that Alex Gordon won’t be patrolling left field.

That will leave some holes in the outfield, especially if Hunter Dozier’s move to first base is permanent. Whit Merrifield...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 27, 2020

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Snow day!

Royals Rumblings - News for October 27, 2020

Baseball fans used to rush the field all the time, but it came to an end in 1980.

Channeling their inner Frank Rizzo—whose strong-arm mayoral reign of intimidation ended only months earlier—Philadelphia City Hall’s pooh-bahs decided there would not be a repeat of the bedlam that occurred in New York and elsewhere should the Phils prevail over the Royals in Game 6. So they positioned a platoon of...

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Matthew LaMar

2020 Season in Review: Adalberto Mondesi

Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates his home run in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

An enigma, if there ever was one

There’s an unofficial term in baseball evaluation circles called “prospect fatigue.” It’s a tendency of sports writers and talent evaluators alike to overlook or underrate a specific player because said player has simply been...

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Bradford Lee

Remembering Al Gionfriddo

World Series star who robbed Joe D.

My wife and I recently spent a week in the Los Angeles area visiting her sister, our brother in law and dodging fires. One day trip took us to Solvang, California. The town is in the Santa Ynez Valley and is known for its Danish style architecture, windmills and wineries. It’s a beautiful and interesting little town. While taking a break while my wife shopped, I read about the town and discovered that former Brooklyn Dodger Al Gionfriddo called Solvang...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 26, 2020

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What is the ceiling for Franchy Cordero?

Royals Rumblings - News for October 26, 2020

Lynn Worthy writes about the potential of outfielder Franchy Cordero.

Cordero and the Royals attempted to make at least one adjustment at the plate during this disjointed season of COVID. Cordero went to the club’s facility in Arizona after his hand procedure and started working with Single-A Lexington hitting coach Jesus Azuaje on elevating the ball more...

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Hokius

2020 Season in Review: Brad Keller

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The right-handed pitcher continued to find success in 2020.

If there are any people with a better seat on the “Strikeouts are the lifeblood of pitchers” train than me, there can’t be many. There are many arguments about why that might or might not be true but, for me, it boils down to this: If a pitcher strikes a batter out he doesn’t have to rely on good luck or fear bad luck on a ball that has been put into play. If you’re not familiar with the...

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Josh Keiser

Royals Rumblings - News for October 24, 2020

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Walker Buehler is good at throwing baseballs

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead last night after another barn-burner. There’s been 29 runs scored in 3 games and I love it. Both teams have great pitching staffs which goes to show you how great these lineups are. My personal prediction was Dodgers in 5, but at this point I’m just rooting for 7 games. I don’t want this wonderfully weird season of baseball to end!

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