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Moore believes Royals 'will be active' in Rule 5

Perhaps the top offseason goal for the Royals heading into the Winter Meetings starting Monday in Las Vegas already has been achieved in the signing of veteran backup middle-infielder Chris Owings. General manager Dayton Moore also said Kansas City likely would be an active participant in the Rule 5 Draft

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Hok Talk: Turning the 2019 Royals into a contender

What if David Glass told Dayton Moore he had an unlimited budget so long as he fielded a world series contender in 2019?

Last week I made an off-hand remark about how poorly the Royals are likely to play next year.

Barring the signing of Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado the Royals aren’t going to improve enough through free agency to compete next year.

Then some in the comments wondered if even those three would be sufficient to pull the Royals into contention. It’s a...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for December 8, 2018

More Whit trade proposals.

Weekend Rumblings - News for December 8, 2018

Jeffrey Flangan previews the Winter Meetings.

Whom might they trade? There will be a lot of rumors about Merrifield, no doubt. But the same reasons Merrifield is attractive to other teams (he is under club control through 2022) are the same reasons he is attractive to the Royals. The Royals have prospect Nicky Lopez (No. 7 per MLB Pipeline) waiting in the wings at second base, but he doesn’t have to go on the 40-man...

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Max Rieper

Previewing the Winter Meetings for the Royals

Vegas, baby!

The hot stove has started to heat up with big free agents like Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi finding homes, and the Diamondbacks dealing All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals. Things could pick up even more next week, as teams converge for the annual Winter Meetings, to take place December 9-13 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is what you need to know about next week’s Winter Meetings.

What are the Winter Meetings?

The Winter Meetings are...

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Rebuilding Royals enter Meetings with needs

The Royals will enter the Winter Meetings on Monday in full rebuild mode, with a need to strengthen their bullpen -- their weakest area in 2018 -- and add a veteran backup middle infielder.

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Alex Duvall

A quick look at options for the Royals #2 overall draft pick in 2019

MLB Pipeline released their top 50 prospects for the 2019 draft. Which ones make sense for the Royals at #2?

The 2019 @MLBDraft will conclude on June 5 -- six months from today. Time for our Top 50 #MLBDraft Prospects list: https://t.co/GX1hMUXILt pic.twitter.com/JizDLPY8By

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) December 5, 2018

MLB Pipeline released their top 50 draft prospects for the 2019 June draft on Wednesday. Given that the Royals possess the #2 overall pick in the draft, we’ll be doing...

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 7, 2018

This week: Chris Owings. Next week: The Winter Meetings. That’s something, right?

As is often the case, particularly in the offseason, BPKC gets the top spot. David Lesky tackles pace of play. I especially like how he worded the second point because I’m right there with him.

Why in the world do the umpires need to wait for the manager to challenge, stroll over to the headphones, stand there as if they’re doing anything while waiting for New York, only to then take their time to...

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Royals interested in Billy Hamilton

The Royals are “looking hard” at recently non-tendered center fielder Billy Hamilton, tweets Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan suggests interest on the Royals’ behalf in a column as well, noting that while GM Dayton Moore wouldn’t comment on any intrigue, there’s a general sense among Royals execs that the fleet-footed Hamilton’s skill set would fit Kauffman Stadium well. Hamilton, who turned 28 in September, was arbitration-eligible for the final time...

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Max Rieper

Royals “looking hard” at outfielder Billy Hamilton

Great speed, but a low on-base percentage.

The Royals are “looking hard” at free agent centerfielder Billy Hamilton, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. The switch-hitter was non-tendered by the Reds last week after hitting .236/.299/.327 with 34 steals in 153 games. MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan expounded on the Royals’ interest in the 28-year old speedster, writing “there is a feeling with Royals officials that Hamilton’s skill set might play better at spacious Kauffman...

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Speedy Hamilton could be on Royals' radar

One name you likely will hear associated with the Royals during the upcoming Winter Meetings is speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton.

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Mock draft: Who will the Royals take at No. 2?

With MLB Pipeline's Top 50 Draft prospects list out, all 30 teams should be ready to just have the Draft now, no?

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Max Rieper

Rule 5 draft candidates: The position players

The Royals seem unlikely to take a hitter at this point.

The Royals have used the Rule 5 draft to find a few pitching gems in recent history, acquiring Brad Keller and Joakim Soria through the draft. They haven’t taken position players as much - the last hitter they acquired through the Rule 5 draft was outfielder Rich Thompson in 2003. However they may want to provide more depth through a Rule 5 acquisition.

The Royals aren’t likely to need a catcher, first baseman, third baseman, or...

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Royals Rumblings - News for December 6, 2018

At the Athletic (subscribe here and line OMD’s pockets with ten Amabucks), Rustin Dodd explains why the Chris Owings signing makes sense for the rebuilding Royals:

The Royals are expected to use some of their offseason budget on additions to their bullpen, seeking to rebuild the unit from the ground up. Yet the club also saw a need to add insurance in the infield behind Mondesi — who earned the starting shortstop job with a strong second half in 2018 — and another piece to the outfield...

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Owings, Royals agree to 1-year deal

The Royals on Wednesday reached an agreement with utility man Chris Owings on a one-year deal worth $3 million, plus $500,000 in performance bonuses.

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Max Rieper

Royals sign versatile utility player Chris Owings

The former Diamondbacks player can play everywhere.

The Royals have signed infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to a one-year, $3 million contract with incentives, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. The 27-year old was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last week after hitting .206/.272/.302 with four home runs in 309 plate appearances last year.

The former first-round pick and top 100 prospect never quite lived up to expectations in Arizona, but he was a useful utility player for...

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Will Zimmer make his long-awaited debut?

In the latest Inbox, beat reporter Jeffrey Flanagan answers questions from Royals fans concerning Kyle Zimmer and more.

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Sean Thornton

Should the Royals reunite with Joakim Soria...again?

It’s been discussed many a time but it’s always worth throwing out there every few weeks: don’t expect the Kansas City Royals to be busy this winter. The truth of the matter is that the Royals need to see what their young talent can do and those opportunities should be the focus of 2019.

But the one area that will need a bit of attention is the bullpen. Kansas City’s was one of the worst in baseball in 2018, if not the bottom of the barrel. The Royals bullpen had the worst fWAR...

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Alex Duvall

How could the Royals get the most out of Billy Hamilton?

Billy Hamilton could still be of some value for a big league club, but how would a team make sure it was maximizing the value of the current free agent?

Billy Hamilton is a fascinating athlete. According to Baseball Savant, Hamilton was just a hair slower than the second fastest player in all of baseball in 2018. The just turned 28-year old center fielder’s speed is well known, but so are his struggles at the plate. Hamilton slashed just .236/.299/.327 in 556 PA in 2018, good for an .091...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for December 5, 2018

Trey Hillman is stateside again.

Royals Rumblings - News for December 5, 2018

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the new metric DRC+.

Looking at some of the outliers, Perez hit .235/.274/.439, but his d numbers were .266/.305/.475. Why did he fail to reach them? I don’t know, but we did talk quite a bit throughout the season of how hard he hit the ball throughout the season, so that certainly played a role. Ryan O’Hearn is a huge drop from wRC+ to DRC+, though he’s...

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Kelvin Herrera making progress in return from Lisfranc surgery

Former Royals and Nationals righty Kelvin Herrera had seemed primed to enter this winter’s market as one of the top relief assets, but his 2018 season came to a premature end when he suffered a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot that ultimately required surgery. Herrera remains a fascinating part of the relief picture, particularly since, as Rob Bradord of WEEI.com writes, he’s showing progress in his effort to return to the field. Herrera’s timeline is still not certain, as...

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