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The Pitching Hour (BP Kansas City Episode 118)

The Royals made a couple more moves since our last episode, so we recapped the dearly departed, including some minor league free agents.

But with new free agents come new signings, so we discussed the signing of post-hype prospect Michael Ynoa to a minor-league deal. It’s low-risk, high-reward, which is right in line with how the Royals should approach the offseason.

Once 2019 starts, though, the Royals may show some new flexibility within the pitching staff. Comments from Dayton Moore suggest some openness to experimenting with the bullpen and how some players are used. The Royals might – gasp – go a bit outside the book next season. With a lot of arms available, but no marquee names projected for the big club, we weighed the pros and cons, and speculated about how long the experiments might actually last when all is said and done.

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