1:53 PM EST, Thu December 13, 2018
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Royals acquire two pitchers in the Rule 5 draft

Royals acquire two pitchers in the Rule 5 draft

They also lose 18-year old pitcher Elvis Luciano The Royals selected right-handed pitcher Sam McWilliams from the Tampa Bay Rays with the second-overall selection in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The 23-year old had a 5.02 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings across High A and AA last season. They also acquired pitcher Chris Ellis from the Rangers, after Texas took him eighth from the Cardinals. The Standing 6’7’’, McWilliams was originally an eighth-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014 out of high school in Tennessee. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016...
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2018 Rule 5 draft open thread

2018 Rule 5 draft open thread

Can the Royals add another Brad Keller? The Royals will get to select second in the Rule 5 draft, to take place at 11 a.m. CT Thursday morning. They currently have four open roster spots and expect to be “active” in the Rule 5 draft, according to Dayton Moore. Last year, the team acquired pitchers Brad Keller and Burch Smith in the Rule 5 draft. Players eligible to be selected are those players not on the 40-man roster who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years or who were signed at 18 and have played for five years. A selected...
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The Royals are getting back to their roots

The Royals are getting back to their roots

The Royals ventured away from their 2014-2015 playoff formula for a bit, but they appear to be back in full force. The Royals have signed speedster Billy Hamilton, which has caused some disagreement among fans over whether or not this is a good signing. I, for one, am a huge supporter of this Billy Hamilton signing. If the Royals got Billy Hamilton on a 1-year deal for only $5M, there is NO WAY to dislike this for KC. Best case: trade him in July for prospect(s) with upside. Worst case: literally nothing. https://t.co/u7AQMVjzTP— Alex Duvall (@duvy_013) December 10, 2018 This is my...
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Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 13, 2018

Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Ned Yost is reticent to talk about where Billy Hamilton is going to slot in the lineup: Yost, though, then settled down to discuss potential speed throughout his batting order. ’I like the fact -- when I sit back and look at it, [Chris Owings] has speed, he’s going to be able to do things,” Yost said. “Hunter Dozier has a really deceiving type of speed. I think Hunter will be able to steal 15 to 20 bases. And so we’re going to have a lot of athleticism, a lot of speed. ”But in terms of looking at the lineup, you’ve got Whit, who is a huge on-base...
Dec 12, 2018
Should the Royals try to upgrade at third base?

Should the Royals try to upgrade at third base?

There’s not exactly a third base tree. The Royals have a pretty rich tradition in Kansas City. Despite the shadow of Hall of Famer George Brett looming over the position, the Royals have done pretty well at the hot corner with Kevin Seitzer, Joe Randa, and Mike Moustakas all providing solid play for several years. But as Ned Yost once famously said, “there is no third baseman tree.” Solid third basemen don’t just spring forth from the ground, they must be developed or acquired. The Royals have traded away Mike Moustakas, and although it might make some sense to bring him, back,...
Dec 12, 2018
How the Royals won the 2019 World Series

How the Royals won the 2019 World Series

Once more... For the second time in five years, champagne flooded Broadway Street, thousands called in sick to work, and fans tried to push over the WWI memorial; the Royals had won the World Series again. Call it a surprise, but the Royals front office would tell you they knew their destiny from the first pitch of the year, when Whit Merrifield hit a Carlos Rodon slider 454 feet over the right field wall. This set the tempo for the season, that the 104-game losers of last year were gone even though the cast remained mostly the same. The Royals front office will tell you this was written...
Dec 12, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018

This isn’t necessarily Ned’s swan song. Royals Rumblings - News for December 12, 2018 Dayton Moore says Billy Hamilton will start in center and bring his elite defense to help the team. The other concern with Hamilton has been his low on-base percentage, which was .299 over the last two seasons. But Moore said Hamilton’s ability to cover the spacious Kauffman Stadium outfield trumped that concern. ”Elite defense overcame that,” Moore said. “We’re aware of all the offensive stuff, but it’s all in context of the team. If we can play elite defense and have an elite base...
Dec 11, 2018
Let’s look at the updated Royals’ payroll and depth chart

Let’s look at the updated Royals’ payroll and depth chart

What moves do the Royals need to make? The Royals have, perhaps unexpectedly, become the first team to make a notable transaction at the Winter Meetings, reportedly coming to agreement on a one-year deal with speedy centerfielder Billy Hamilton. Along with the signing of Chris Owings, the Royals have already spent more than half of the $14 million they committed to free agents last off-season. The Royals reportedly wanted to cut payroll down to around $85-90 million, down significantly from last year’s Opening Day payroll of $123 million. The Royals were able to cut much of that payroll...
Dec 11, 2018
Brett Phillips shows off his Fortnite dance moves on MLB Network

Brett Phillips shows off his Fortnite dance moves on MLB Network

Ask your kids about Fortnite. If you’re a gamer or have a kid, you have no doubt heard of the video game phenomenon Fortnite. The game is essentially a big Nerf gun war featuring dance moves and its popularity has even spread to Major League baseball players. Royals outfielder Brett Phillips is a huge Fortnite fan, even getting the chance to play it on the big scoreboard at Miller Park when he was a member of the Brewers. He even has a Twitch channel where you can watch him play games, such as a recent tournament he hosted for MLB The Show. This week some baseball players like Rays...
Dec 11, 2018
Billy Hamilton is great fun, but doesn’t fit with the 2019 Royals

Billy Hamilton is great fun, but doesn’t fit with the 2019 Royals

This would have been a great signing two years ago Billy Hamilton is an explosively exciting player. Despite an anemic bat that isn’t going to get any better, he is one of Major League Baseball’s best baserunners and outfield defenders. It is for that reason that the Kansas City Royals—huge proponents of the ‘speed and defense’ method of team construction, a method which won them a championship—signed Hamilton to a one-year, $5.25 million deal yesterday. It’s easy to see why the Royals, one of the huge proponents of ‘speed and defense’ team construction, would be...
Dec 11, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2018

Who knew meetings could be this much fun? Royals Rumblings - News for December 11, 2018 Dayton Moore tells Jeffrey Flanagan the Royals aren’t looking to deal Whit Merrifield. “We’ve pretty much made it clear we want Whit Merrifield to be part of our team,” Moore said. Moore made it known before last season’s non-waiver Trade Deadline that he likely wasn’t interested in dealing Merrifield, who is emerging as an offensive weapon as well as a clubhouse leader. ”It is our job to always evaluate the interest of our players,” Moore said. “So that’s what we constantly do. But...
Dec 10, 2018
MLB Rumors: Royals among teams that have “checked in” on reliever Blake Parker

MLB Rumors: Royals among teams that have “checked in” on reliever Blake Parker

The Royals have some bullpen holes to fill. What traditionally has been a major strength for the Royals turned into a major weakness in 2018. The Royals had the worst bullpen in baseball by WAR last season with an AL-worst 5.04 ERA. Additionally, they lost some of their best arms - Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera - through mid-season trades. While the pen should improve a bit simply by losing some of their worst pitchers, that still leaves a lot of holes to fill. Wily Peralta filled in adequately as closer last year once Herrera was dealt, converting all 14 of his save opportunities. But...
Dec 10, 2018
Royals “close to agreement” with outfielder Billy Hamilton

Royals “close to agreement” with outfielder Billy Hamilton

That’s what speed do? The Royals are “close to agreement” with free agent centerfielder Billy Hamilton, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. The 28-year old switch-hitter was non-tendered by the Reds last week after hitting .236/.299/.327 with 34 steals in 153 games. In just over five seasons with the Reds, Hamilton hit .245/.298/.333. #Royals close to agreement with OF Billy Hamilton just working through bonuses and pending physical— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 10, 2018 Hamilton has made his living through his legs, being the fastest basestealer in baseball over the...
Dec 10, 2018
A summary of baseball rumors and a Winter Meetings open thread

A summary of baseball rumors and a Winter Meetings open thread

Mystery teams are checking in on mutual interest for an opt-out with a minor league deal The Winter Meetings have begun in Las Vegas, which usually marks the apex of baseball trade rumor season. So here is a summary of notable trade rumors around baseball. The Indians could be trading a starting pitcher. Cleveland’s desire to deal its starters does not end with Bauer or Kluber. The Indians also have discussed Danny Salazar, the talented but oft-injured right-hander who missed all of 2018 with a shoulder injury, according to sources. The Dodgers have inquired about Jose Abreu. The...
Dec 10, 2018
Royals Rumblings - News for December 10, 2018

Royals Rumblings - News for December 10, 2018

Welcome to the Winter Meetings! Royals Rumblings - News for December 10, 2018 Dayton Moore assesses the roster and expects to be active for the Rule 5 draft, writes Jeffrey Flanagan. “We have depth on our 40-man roster in terms of potential bullpen arms,” Moore said. “We have several rotation candidates, and I would suspect those who don’t make the rotation will be bullpen candidates. ”We’ll look at the free-agent market and at potential trades, but if we identify someone, it will have to be an upgrade from what we have. Any tie will go to one of our existing players on the...