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Royals Review Mar 1, 2024
Royals spring training battles: The bench

Royals spring training battles: The bench

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Will the Royals have more depth this year? The Royals began camp with a pretty good idea of who the starters were this year. Eight-time All-Star Salvador Perez will be behind the plate most days. The outfield will likely feature Hunter Renfroe in right, Kyle Isbel in center, and MJ Melendez and Nelson Velázquez splitting time between left and DH. Bobby Witt Jr. will anchor the infield at short with Maikel Garcia at third and Vinnie Pasquantino returning at first. Michael Massey has perhaps the most chance of losing his gig,...
Royals Review Feb 26, 2024
Spring Training Game 4 Thread: Cubs vs. Royals

Spring Training Game 4 Thread: Cubs vs. Royals

Seth Lugo #67 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2024 in Surprise, Arizona. | Photo by Christian Petersen/ Baseball! My favorite part about Spring Training is getting these totally wacko lineups that involve MLB stars, MLB regulars, intriguing prospects, and random roster fillers all at the same time. We have all four represented in the Royals’ contest with the Cubs this afternoon. Star: Bobby Witt Jr. Regular: Seth Lugo Prospect: Carter Jensen Rando: Mike Brosseau Future lineups will get even more...
Royals Review Feb 26, 2024
The best pictures from 2024 Spring Training photo day

The best pictures from 2024 Spring Training photo day

Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2024 in Surprise, Arizona. | Photo by Christian Petersen/ Our $200 million man - and more Ah yes, spring: that time of year when it gets warmer just to trick you before dipping below freezing again for a week or two. That time of every year just after the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. That time of year that precedes...baseball! Ironically, Spring Training starts in the winter; it isn’t technically or officially spring yet until the vernal equinox—one of...
Royals Review Feb 21, 2024
Royals Rumblings - News for February 21, 2024

Royals Rumblings - News for February 21, 2024

Bobby Witt, Jr. appeared on MLB Network as they announced him as the #20 overall player in the Majors: "Simplified things as much as possible... everything I do off the field kind of helps my game on the field."Bobby Witt Jr. talks about the improvements he made on both ends leading to a 72-spot rise on this year's #Top100RightNow!@Royals | @BwittJr pic.twitter.com/YXtUKSQNgt— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 21, 2024 At Sports Info Solutions, here’s what it would take for Bobby to be the #1 best in baseball, not just #20: The primary reason I wrote this piece was...
Royals Review Feb 15, 2024
Royals discussed Bobby Witt Jr. trade to Miami last summer, according to one report

Royals discussed Bobby Witt Jr. trade to Miami last summer, according to one report

Photo by Kyle Rivas/ The Royals may have considered a blockbuster. Bobby Witt Jr. will be in Kansas City for several years, thanks to a new long-term contract that will make him a multi-millionaire. But before a deal was signed, they may have been considering all of their options, including trading their young phenom in a blockbuster deal. An idea for a trade was at last contemplated, according to Marlins beat writer Craig Mish at the Miami Herald. Mish reports that the Royals at least considered a swap that would have sent Bobby to Miami for their top pitcher. Before...
Royals Review Feb 15, 2024
A look at decisions looming this spring for the Royals

A look at decisions looming this spring for the Royals

Photo by George Kubas/Diamond Images via What are the biggest questions facing the team before Opening Day? Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Arizona and the start of spring training games is fast approaching. Position players will report on February 18 and the Royals’ first exhibition game is against the Texas Rangers on February 23. After a strong offseason — headlined by the largest contract in team history to Bobby Witt Jr. and a handful of well-received free agent signings — fans are perhaps the most excited for Opening Day that we’ve seen...
Royals Review Feb 10, 2024
The Bobby Witt Jr reactions are out of control

The Bobby Witt Jr reactions are out of control

Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., left, smiles as he answers questions while the team’s owner, John Sherman, applauds during a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. | Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via The extension is unequivocally good news for Royals fans, but it seems that many people think it means things that don’t necessarily follow. It has only been a few days since Bobby Witt Jr. signed his franchise-record, franchise-altering, and perhaps franchise-defining contract...
Royals Review Feb 8, 2024
Royals Rumblings - News for February 8, 2024

Royals Rumblings - News for February 8, 2024

Photo by Kirby Lee/ Blake Mitchell mentioned. Dan Szymborski at FanGraphs evaluates Bobby Witt Jr.’s new contract in the context of his ZiPS projections: How good is this projection? ZiPS would happily throw another $100 million Witt’s way, meaning the Royals still have a lot of room for this deal to be absolutely fabulous from their point of view. Note that ZiPS isn’t even assuming Witt is a +10 defensive shortstop; 2023 was only enough for it to believe that he’s league average. If I tell ZiPS to assume he’s a -10 shortstop with the glove right now, it still...
Royals Review Feb 7, 2024
Royals Rundown: Bobby breaks the bank & ranking shallow OF

Royals Rundown: Bobby breaks the bank & ranking shallow OF

The outfield isn’t great, in case you didn’t know. Jacob Milham and Jeremy Greco come at you a day early, talking about a big day in Kansas City Royals history! Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr.’s massive deal is a cause for celebration, but what are the next steps? Plus, veteran Zack Greinke wants to pitch in 2024, but will it be in a Royals uniform? Also, the guys wrap up their depth chart rankings with the outfield! You can follow the team on X with Jeremy Greco at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@hokius⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, Jacob Milham...
Royals Review Feb 7, 2024
Royals Rumblings - News for February 7, 2024

Royals Rumblings - News for February 7, 2024

Anne Rogers has some further reporting on the Royals’ extension of Bobby Witt, Jr.: “…You see what they’re doing across the street with the fanbase over there, we want to get that back over here in blue,” Witt said. “That’s definitely the goal. We’re just going to keep working and keep getting better.” The Royals have a long way to go for this all to work out. It starts at the Major League level and must trickle down to the farm system, because the Royals don’t always want to rely on free agency. A homegrown core is vitally important to their...
Royals Review Feb 6, 2024
The Bobby Witt Jr. contract should mark an end to poverty franchise status

The Bobby Witt Jr. contract should mark an end to poverty franchise status

Photo by Ed Zurga/ We’re movin’ on up. The Royals have been kicked around, ignored, and dismissed as an embarrassing poverty franchise time and time again. Even winning a title in 2015 only temporarily brought acclaim as the team quickly sunk back into the depths of despair. The wounds were often self-inflicted by a team that in the past had been unwilling to sign a long-term deal with a star player over $1 million, paid $1,000 bonuses to draft picks, and skimped on scouting so much they didn’t even provide cell phones to scouts. But things change. This week, the...
Royals Review Feb 6, 2024
Reactions to the Bobby Witt Jr. signing

Reactions to the Bobby Witt Jr. signing

Photo by Ed Zurga/ It’s a lot of money! On Monday, the Royals signed Bobby Witt Jr. to an eleven-year, $288.7 million contract that includes three years of club options that could total up to $377 million over 14 years, with player opt outs after years seven, eight, nine, and ten. It is a massive deal, by far the biggest in club history and potentially the third biggest in baseball history behind only Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Owner John Sherman was happy to announce the signing. “We are extraordinarily proud to announce an historic deal with a very special...
Lookout Landing Feb 6, 2024
Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/6/24: Bobby Witt Jr., Ryan Brasier, Jorge Soler

Mariners Moose Tracks, 2/6/24: Bobby Witt Jr., Ryan Brasier, Jorge Soler

Photo by Matt Dirksen/MLB Photos via Tuesday links! In Mariners news... Brent Stecker at Seattle Sports 710 AM predicts a breakout season in the Mariners’ newest bullpen addition Gregory Santos. Around the league... The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a mega-extension with shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. that will keep him with the team through at least the 2034 season. The deal is worth $288.7 million over 11 guaranteed seasons, and includes a three-year team option that could bring the contract to $377.7 million over 14 seasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded...
MASN: Steve Melewski Feb 6, 2024
Bobby Witt Jr. becomes latest young MLB star to sign big bucks extension

Bobby Witt Jr. becomes latest young MLB star to sign big bucks extension

The deal was announced, and the news was probably just minutes old when some around Birdland wondered whether their team might soon have interest in a similar arrangement.Monday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals, who ranked 24th in 2023 in MLB team payroll, a few steps ahead of the Orioles, locked up one of their bright young stars to a huge contract.When your team has its own bright young starts – players like Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson and maybe soon will be adding Jackson Holliday to that list - it’s only natural to wonder and hope that they remain Orioles for a long, long...
Lone Star Ball Feb 5, 2024
Witt, Royals agree to long-term extension

Witt, Royals agree to long-term extension

Photo by Ed Zurga/ The Kansas City Royals and Bobby Witt, Jr., have agreed to terms on a long-term contract extension The Kansas City Royals and shortstop Bobby Witt, Jr., have agreed to terms on a long-term extension, per multiple reports. While the deal is being reported as an 11 year, $288.8 million deal, there are opt outs that could allow Witt to leave before 11 years are up, and club options that could keep Witt in Kansas City beyond the 11 years. Witt, the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt, was the 2nd overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft. He...

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