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Baseball Prospectus 2014 Top 101 Prospects List


12. Ventura 29. Mondesi 34. Zimmer 46. Almonte 78. Manaea 96. Dozier 99. Bonifacio

Royals, Brett Hayes Avoid Arbitration


Hayes signed for $630K plus $20K in incentives, a good bit less than the $900K projected for him by MLBTR. Hayes can be cut loose by March 15 at a cost of $105K (one sixth of his salary) or by March 30 at a cost of $157,500 (one fourth).

MLBTR Predicts Royals Will Sign Josh Johnson, Suk-min Yoon


The article contains predictions for each of MLBTR's top 50 free agents. The article also lists the Royals by name as a potential suitor for Ervin Santana, Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran, Marlon Byrd, Nelson Cruz, Omar Infante, Scott Feldman and Jason Vargas.

Jonah Keri's Baseball Dictionary


This is fantastic. A fun glossary of baseball stats, myths and memes.

Report: Royals Inquired about Angels' Trumbo in July


Trumbo, Kendrick, Aybar, Bourjos, J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun are listed as trade possibilities as the Angels look to acquire young, cost-controlled starting pitching.

Better Know a Free Agent: Nate McLouth


With a career split of .260/.345/.441 (109 wRC+) against RHPs, McLouth could be an affordable platoon partner for Maxwell. Age: 32 in 2014. Defense: Very little time in RF. An average LF by the numbers. Dayton Lust Factor: 7 for basestealing, former Brave and deep religious beliefs. Would be higher if not for his solid walk rate. Contract: MLBTR predicts 2/10. I strongly prefer a one year deal around that AAV, with incentives if necessary. And a mutual option, of course.

Heyman: Angels Expected to Shop Howie Kendrick, Seeking Young Pitching


"The Royals, Orioles and A's were among other teams connected to Kendrick rumors, though it was reported that Kansas City was on his no-trade list this year." "According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, Kendrick has 12 teams on his no-trade list this year, and six next year. Kendrick, hitting .301 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI, is currently n the disabled list with a strained left knee. He has a year to go on his contract at $9.5 million."

Picollo on Kyle Zimmer in 2014


"If he’s in the major leagues,not necessarily opening day,but if he’s in the major leagues come June,you’re already talking about pitching a full month extra, pitching through September," Picollo said. "The general rule of thumb is 20 percent. You’ll let a guy go 20 percent more innings than he had the previous year. We’ll try to stick to that. "It’s not a hard number,but history and research says that’s how you should handle guys. It’s a good target number to try to achieve from one year to the next. Of course,you’re going to top out at some point in a year. A No. 1 in the major leagues will go 250 innings,but I’d like to think we’ll have that problem in a couple of years."

Rany: Yost Must Go


Rany uses many words and numbers in tracing the Royals' offensive struggles back to firing Seitzer and comes to a casual-fan-friendly conclusion: GAAAAH! FIRE NED!

Devil Fingers on David Dejesus


"The Rays made a smart move to get David DeJesus, who might also be a good off-season target for the Royals." "The guy who should be their 2014 (and 2013) right fielder is also with the Rays, but if Tampa Bay turns down his 2014 option, DDJ will be a free agent. He may just sign for one year, and if he would come back to Kansas City for, say, $5 million, he could make sense as a platoon partner with Justin Maxwell in right field (and they could both back up Cain). David Lough is predictably regressing, proving that he's a fourth outfielder on a good day. DDJ and Maxwell are both better players straight up. In a platoon, they could provide above-average production as a one-year stopgap for KC."

Deadspin Takes Note of the Royals' Hot Second Half


It's nice to see the Royals show up on Deadspin for something besides fan drunkenness. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Rethinking Batting Practice


Former player Gabe Kapler wonders if MLB teams would get more out of BP by doing it the Japanese way

Sickels Revisits His 2013 Preseason Royals Top 20 Prospects List


Nice summary of the good, the bad and the meh of the former BFSITHOW.

Fangraphs Interviews Royals Italian Signee Martin Gasparini


Plus: He believes in patience at the plate, wants to play SS but will move to OF if asked. Minus: The level of competition he's faced, the Royals are in charge of his development.

Baseball America on the Royals' Player Development Issues


Ben Badler and JJ Cooper go into some detail about what's gone wrong with the Royals' prospects, especially on the pitching side. The discussion starts at the 17 minute mark and ends at the 34 minute mark.

Draft Rumors: Royals Like Bickford?


"[ESPN's Keith] Law is hearing high school righty Phil Bickford at #8 to the Royals, though he doesn't seem a fan of the idea."

Rany: I was wrong about the BFSITHOW


" So yes, it appears that I need to offer a sincere apology for being wrong. But the apology isn’t for Dayton Moore. It’s for people like Will McDonald, and Matt Klaassen, and Scott McKinney"

John Lamb's Velocity Makes a Comeback


"@jjcoop36: John Lamb story is now up ($) Lots of info in the story, but short version, velo was 88-91, touched 92 Tues."

BP: The Value of a Hitting Coach


Rany: "According to this analysis by @pizzacutter4, the best modern hitting coach with a long track record? Kevin Seitzer." (Full article requires subscription)

MLBTR: General Manager Candidates


Thad Levine (Rangers), Jason McLeod (Cubs) and Dan Jennings (Marlins) are listed as being both blocked in their current front offices and interesting to other teams. Some might say it's typical RR negativity to even mention this with the Royals in first place, but I'm hoping for the best and planning for the worst. Anyone you like on this list? Who else would you like to be on the Royals' list if it comes to that?

Zack Attack


Greinke has a broken collarbone after being charged by Carlos Quentin for an HBP. He used his non-throwing shoulder to try to absorb Quentin's charge, so Crash Davis would be proud.



"@Royals: #Royals acquire minor league OF Desmond Henry from Rangers as player to be named in 11/8/12 trade that sent LHP Tommy Hottovy to Texas."

BA: Minor League Park Effects


BA looked at 3 years of data to find the extremes among all the full season parks. NW Arkansas made the list for most runs scored, and Wilmington is on the lists for fewest runs, hits and home runs.

MLB May Offer MLBPA Significant Concessions for Int'l Draft


The concessions sound much worse than any potential benefits of an international draft. I mean, that would be like trading Wil Myers for two years of James Shields.

Rosenthal: Royals Seek Platoon Partner for Francoeur


"The Royals would like to add a left-handed-hitting outfielder who could spell Jeff Francoeur against tough righties, according to major league sources. If that outfielder could play center and serve as protection for the oft-injured Lorenzo Cain, all the better. Francoeur has a career .820 OPS against left-handers but only a .702 OPS against righties. Jarrod Dyson is a left-handed hitter, but not strong enough offensively to fill the role the Royals envision. The Royals, who considered Brennan Boesch before he signed with the Yankees, are not optimistic about finding the player they want before Opening Day."

Grantland: Sportswriter Cliches


As the media devolves from a crucial part of a democratic society to the d-bag in your office who sends you crazy Youtube videos, it's worth considering why many sportswriters are struggling to hold on to their authority over how we look at people and events in sports.

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