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Who owns the best pitching season in Royals history?

Who owns the best pitching season in Royals history?

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/ Determining the finest season by a pitcher in Kansas City Royals history. It’s the offseason, everyone! A slow one at that—at least so far, especially for the Royals. That may not change all that much the rest of the way, but one can hope. While hoping, let’s take a look back into the team’s history and ponder this question: Who owns the best pitching season in Kansas City Royals history? First, take a look at these numbers in a “blind comparison,” and then rank them: Cullen Jekel Statistics. Those are all...
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Royals Rumblings - News for December 9, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for December 9, 2022

Photo by George Kubas/Diamond Images via MJ Melendez will be slated for double duty again next year. Lynn Worthy talks to J.J. Picollo about having a quiet off-season so far. Picollo isn’t buying into the idea that the Royals have to overhaul their roster drastically further this winter in order to compete. “I think if we could reshape it a little bit, that would be great,” Picollo said. “But when I look around our field, I mean (Salvador Perez) is catching, Bobby (Witt Jr.) should be our shortstop, you’ve got Nicky (Lopez) and (Michael) Massey in the...
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The quiet Royals better spend big when it counts

The quiet Royals better spend big when it counts

Alex Gordon, owner of the most famous free agent contracts given out by the Royals | Photo by Ed Zurga/ They spent big once. Will they do it again? Just about this time every offseason is the same for Kansas City Royals fans. The likes of Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan furiously report new free agent signings: Aaron Judge on a nine-year deal to the Yankees! Jacob DeGrom on a five-year deal to the Rangers! Trea Turner on an 11-year deal to the Phillies! Zach Elfin on a three-year deal to the Rays! Meanwhile, the Royals just...exist. They left the Winter Meetings with the...
Dec 8, 2022
Royals Review Radio: Excel Worksheets and the Yankees

Royals Review Radio: Excel Worksheets and the Yankees

Juiced baseballs and broken Excel formulas. We love MLB in 2022. Things are very slow on the Kansas City Royals front right now. They are the only team to not make a free agent signing or trade, Majors or not. But, new co-hosts Jacob Milham and Jeremy Greco are still here for your listening pleasure! You can follow the team on Twitter with Jeremy Greco at @hokius and Jacob Milham at @JMilTheHam. Royals Review Radio is available on iTunes.
Dec 8, 2022
Royals brass and fans are not speaking the same language

Royals brass and fans are not speaking the same language

Royals GM JJ Picollo | Photo by Ed Zurga/ Does anyone know how to use Google Translate? “The Royals need to overhaul their pitching development department.” I have said some version of this. You have said some version of this. RoyalsFan789 in the comments has said some version of this. Maybe even your uncle said some version of this at Thanksgiving. It is pretty hard these days to talk about the Royals and not talk about the failures in pitching development. “We’re a top-five development system.” I have not said some version of this. You have not said some...
Dec 8, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for December 8, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for December 8, 2022

Will the Royals make a transaction this offseason? Anthony Castrovince writes why the Royals did nothing at the Winter Meetings: For Kansas City right now, the biggest developments are taking place beneath the surface, as first-year manager Matt Quatraro gets to know his players more deeply and the club assembles a big league coaching staff and player development staff with a special emphasis on improving its pitching in the near and long terms. At one organizational meeting here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Quatraro took the floor to discuss his approach to managing rosters...
Dec 7, 2022
The 2022 Rule 5 draft preview: Hitters

The 2022 Rule 5 draft preview: Hitters

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Could the Royals take a bat? Yesterday, I took a look at pitchers the Royals could take in the Rule 5 draft, today it’s the hitters. It seems rather unlikely the Royals will select a hitter when the draft takes place at 4 p.m. CT. The last hitter they selected in the Rule 5 draft was outfielder Endy Chavez in 2000. But a few hitters selected in the draft have done fairly well with outfielder Akil Baddoo having a successful rookie season with the Tigers after the last Rule 5 draft in 2020, and Anthony Santander, Ji-Man Choi, and Mark Canha...
Dec 7, 2022
What if the Royals splurged on payroll?

What if the Royals splurged on payroll?

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Hey, it’s not my money. Despite coming off a 97-loss season, their sixth consecutive losing season, the Royals aren’t expected to be too aggressive this off-season. J.J. Picollo has said the team will pursue a starting pitcher or two and some bullpen depth, possibly a right-handed bat as well. But the team is not expected to be players for major free agents, with Picollo saying “it may not be the right time to invest heavily in this team.” Such is the life of a small market club. And while other fans may disagree, I tend to agree with this...
Dec 7, 2022
Royals interested in pitcher Seth Lugo as a starter, according to one report

Royals interested in pitcher Seth Lugo as a starter, according to one report

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The 33-year-old has been a useful swingman for the Mets. The Royals are said to be looking for one or two starting free agent pitchers to “bridge the gap”, and according to Ari Alexander of KPRC Houston, they are one of five teams pursuing free agent Seth Lugo. The 33-year-old right-hander has been a useful bullpen piece for the Mets, appearing in 62 games of relief for them last year with a 3.60 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 65 innings. But he has been a swingman in the past, making 38 starts in his career, and according to Alexander, the Royals,...
Dec 7, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for December 7, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for December 7, 2022

Ready for their close-up! | Minda Haas Kuhlmann It’s your favorite day of the week again If you missed it last night, the Pirates won first pick in the draft lottery that sent the Royals down to the #8 spot. At the Kansas City Star, Lynn Worthy took a look at what Adalberto Mondesi’s role will be in what might be his final Royals season: Picollo expressed optimism that Mondesi would not lose speed after the knee surgery. Picollo said club officials won’t have a set plan for Mondesi’s role or usage this season until things play out at spring training. Mondesi...
Dec 6, 2022
New MLB lottery costs the Royals, giving them the #8 pick

New MLB lottery costs the Royals, giving them the #8 pick

Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via The ping pong balls were not in our favor. Baseball held its first-ever MLB draft lottery to determine the order of the first six picks of the draft, and the new format ended up costing the Royals. Kansas City finished with the fifth-worst record last year, but they were passed over in the lottery, and will instead receive the eighth pick in the draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who tied with the Reds for the third-worst record in baseball, will get the #1 pick. The biggest winner from the lottery was the Minnesota Twins, who had a...
Dec 6, 2022
The 2022 Rule 5 draft preview: Pitchers

The 2022 Rule 5 draft preview: Pitchers

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Will the Royals make a selection? After skipping the Rule 5 draft last year due to the lockout, baseball will conclude its Winter Meetings with a draft on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. The draft is a chance for teams to poach talent from other organizations and for minor leaguers to get opportunities in a new organization. Players are eligible to be drafted if they are not on the 40-man roster and (a) they were signed at age 18 or younger and five seasons have passed or; (b) they were signed at age 19 or older and four seasons have passed. Any player...
Dec 6, 2022
Chris Bassitt and having fun with the Qualifying Offer

Chris Bassitt and having fun with the Qualifying Offer

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ Give Bassitt four, and get the draft picks back through trade Chris Bassitt seems to be looking for a four year deal. There is no reason a team like the Royals couldn’t be in the mix on him if they think about the transaction the right way. Starting pitching depth is a definite need. Bassitt happens to be a good starting pitcher, and as long as you give him the right sales pitch, I think he could be good in KC. One of the problems that teams in the Royals' position can get themselves into in free agency, is thinking of the contract given as a...
Dec 6, 2022
Royals Rumblings - News for December 6, 2022

Royals Rumblings - News for December 6, 2022

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Let’s make a deal! Anthony Castrovince talks to J.J. Picollo about free agency. “You know the dollars are going to be challenging,” executive vice president and general manager J.J. Picollo said on Monday. “We tend to be more of a later-market team. So, I think that’s going to be more of how this pans out. “But we are engaged with a couple of guys right now that we think are just good fits for the team. And if that doesn’t work out, then definitely we will be more in the later market.” He also notes John Mabry is no...
Dec 5, 2022
A look back at Kansas City’s first year players in 1981

A look back at Kansas City’s first year players in 1981

Photo by Owen C. Shaw/ A small, but productive class The Royals made their first World Series in 1980, and with a dugout full of established stars and players, it was difficult for any rookie to break in. But there’s always some turnover in baseball. Guys get traded. Guys get waived. Age catches up to everyone, eventually. 1981 was no different. Here are a few of that season’s first-year players. Darryl Motley When most Royal fans think of Motley, they think of his heroics in the 1985 World Series. Even I didn’t realize that he broke in as a 21-year-old in 1981....