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Max Rieper

Royals sign former Kansas Jayhawks pitcher Sam Freeman

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The lefty has 271 Major League appearances.

The Royals announced they have signed 34-year old left-handed reliever Sam Freeman to a minor league contract. Teams can still sign players that did not end the season on the 40-man roster to minor league contracts during the transaction freeze.

Freeman was originally a 32nd-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008 out of the University of Kansas. The Texas native has pitched in parts of nine...

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Bradford Lee

The Wax Pack, Part II

Bargain basement finds

Back in June 2020, going slightly batty with pandemic boredom, I read a baseball book called The Wax Pack by an author named Brad Balukjian. Based on the premise of Lawrence Ritter’s excellent book The Glory of their Times, Balukjian opens an old wax pack then spends the better part of a year tracking down each of the players in the pack. It’s an entertaining read and if you haven’t read it, you should give it a try. I don’t have a year to spend...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2022

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2022

Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors looks at how AL teams have addressed their weakest position.

Kansas City didn’t get much from right field or the corner infield spots, as third base (-1.0 bwAR) and first base (-0.7 bWAR) were also sub-replacement level positions. Hunter Dozier is a key figure in this equation, as he dragged down all three positions with his rough showing in 2021. Carlos Santana also...

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Matthew LaMar

Pop Culture Corner: When was the last time you couldn’t wait for something to come out?

The character “The Watcher” from the game Horizon Zero Dawn is paraded at the Los Angeles Convention Center on day one of E3 2017, the three-day Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of the biggest events in the gaming industry calendar, in Los Angeles, California on June 13, 2017. | MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

I CAN’T WAIT

There are a lot of things that I’ve noticed have changed now that my age has changed from starting with a “2” to starting with a “3.” One such...

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Matthew LaMar

Meet Vinnie Pasquantino, the sleeper slugger whose name you won’t forget

Alan Jamison

We’re here to mash homers and not strike out

I had to ask. You know, the name.

Vinnie Pasquantino is simultaneously an absolutely perfect old-timey baseball name as well as the kind of extraordinarily Italian name a soap opera might give to the new, suave doctor from Brooklyn. I first read the name a little over two and half years ago, and it immediately popped out to me.

So, there’s got to be a story, right? Right?

“Sorry there isn’t more to it,” Pasquantino...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for January 26, 2022

Akira resting her eyes mid-photo session | Minda Haas Kuhlmann

The last day before New Comments

The Royals signed the largest international free agent class in club history.

The 28-player group included 16 pitchers (12 right-handers, four left-handers), four outfielders, four shortstops, two catchers and two corner infielders. Francisco lauded the depth of the class.

The Royals see big potential in the skill set of outfielder Erick Torres, a right-handed hitter who trained at the same site...

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Max Rieper

David Ortiz elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Big Papi is headed to Cooperstown

David Ortiz was the lone player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in results announced on Tuesday. Ortiz spent 20 years in the big leagues with the Twins and Red Sox as one of the most feared sluggers in baseball, hitting .286/.380/.552 with 541 home runs and 2,472 hits, good for 55.3 rWAR. Ortiz was a ten-time All-Star and a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner, He was a three-time champion, known as a clutch hitter...

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Jackson Bracken

2021 Season in Review: Salvador Perez

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The season of a lifetime

The face of this franchise, Salvador Perez, just put up by far the best offensive regular season of his career in 2021. The numbers he produced are up there with some of the greatest seasons ever by a catcher. His stats are shown below:

In a Royals year full of ups and downs and players underperforming, the one constant was Salvador Perez. His batting average never dropped below the .260s in a full month, his OPS never below...

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TanyaAnderson

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Royals Review

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Max Rieper

Owners and players are talking, and that’s a good thing

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Are we starting to see some progress on the lockout?

On December 2, the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners expired. The owners locked the players out and instituted a transactions freeze. And nothing happened. The two sides met once briefly in December, not much happened, and since then owners and players have been playing a game of chicken to see who will blink first.

With five weeks left to go before spring training games...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 25, 2022

Nick Loftin #89 of the Kansas City Royals runs to second base after hitting a double against the Brewers on March 27, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Prospects, prospects, prospects!

Royals Rumblings - News for January 25, 2022

Alec Lewis of The Athletic takes a deep dive into the pitching in the Royals farm system.

Shane Panzini, RHP: One scout said simply of Panzini’s instructional league performance: “Up to 94 mph with an easy delivery.” His 6-foot-3,...

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Max Rieper

Royals sign reliever Colten Brewer to a minor league deal

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More bullpen depth.

The Royals announced they have signed right-handed reliever Colten Brewer to a minor league deal. Teams can still sign players that did not end the season on the 40-man roster to minor league contracts during the transaction freeze.

The 29-year old has pitched in parts of four big league seasons with the Padres and Red Sox with a 5.04 ERA and 8.7 strikeouts-per-nine innings in 91 career innings. Last year he...

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Max Rieper

The Royals Review 2022 Hall of Fame ballot

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Who should be in Cooperstown?

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2022 class of inductees on January 25 on MLB Network. Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are the biggest names among the first-time Hall of Fame candidates. This will be the last Hall of Fame ballot for controversial candidates Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling who all received over 60 percent of the vote last year. Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker suggests they may have...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for January 24, 2022

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Pretty good weekend for Royals owner Patrick Mahomes!

Vahe Gregorian writes about the five-year anniversary of Yordano Ventura’s tragic death.

That’s why when Moore met with Ventura at the end of the 2016 season, he told him he loved him, that “we needed to help him” and encouraged him to stay in Kansas City that offseason. He even told Ventura he could live in his home.

Or with Rene Francisco, now the Royals’ vice president of international...

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Jeremy Greco

Prison Playbook (2017) - Ep. 6 - Does it hold up?

A super friendly hug between two guys

An episode of schemes. Just SO MANY schemes.

This episode actually had three different plot threads to follow, so let’s not waste any time and jump right in, shall we?

Captain Yoo is scary

Last week’s episode ended with the revelation that Je-hyuk and company were getting a new cellmate: “Demon Captain” Yoo. Sentenced to three years for murdering one of his subordinates in the Korean army. The episode immediately opens with his trial. One of his...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for January 22, 2022

Bobby Witt, Jr. in the dugout for the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2021 | Photo by Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Baseball Prospectus names Bobby Witt, Jr. the top prospect in baseball.

Weekend Rumblings - News for January 22, 2022

Baseball Prospectus names Bobby Witt, Jr. the top prospect in baseball.

Witt is the top prospect in baseball because he has as much upside as anyone and functionally can’t be nitpicked. He jumped straight from the complex to Double-A and mashed, then mashed more at Triple-A. Back...

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Max Rieper

Sporcle Friday: Name the 2021 Royals

Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the Kansas City Royals looks on from the dugout during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 26, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. The Royals defeated the Tigers 2-1. | Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Do you remember the players you just saw?

This week’s Sporcle Friday is simple, at least if you were paying attention last summer. How many of the 2021 Royals can you name? One played in all 162 games, one made just...

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David Lesky

Lesky’s Notes: Top prospects and free agents are almost like baseball news

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The Royals will have their pick of some decent options once they’re allowed to sign guys. Plus, some prospect lists!

At some point, the lockout is going to end and the 314 players who are still listed as free agents will get the chance to sign with big league clubs. Many of them will either not sign or will be brought in on minor league deals, but there’s a lot of offseason that will need to be crammed into a couple weeks whenever this whole thing gets settled. I...

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 21, 2022

I looked up “Royals” and “sunglasses” and this was one of my pics. It’s Salvy so it’s bound to be good. | Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images

MLB Owners Lockout: Day 50*

Boy am I glad for Craig, or else we probably wouldn’t have a lead story today. Though... I do have a bone to pick with him and it’s about that asterisk on the subtitle. This was from yesterday:

Today is the 48th day of the lockout.

So that would make today the 49th day. Only, I was at 51 by my count. So I...

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Max Rieper

Royals Review Radio: Alec Lewis talks Bobby Witt, Jr. and the young pitchers

Alec tries to warm up a cold hot stove.

Alec Lewis and Jeremy “Hokius” Greco are joined by Alec Lewis of The Athletic to talk about the new Royals’ minor league housing facility, whether Bobby Witt, Jr. can make the big league squad to begin the year, the young pitchers, and outfield options.

You can follow Alex Duvall on Twitter at @RoyalsFarm and Hokius at @hokius.You can also read Alex Duvall’s work at Royals Farm Report. You can follow Alec Lewis on Twitter at...

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