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Player Profile: Paulo Orlando

All it took was a triple. And another. And another. Then, a couple of games later, one more for good measure. Paulo Orlando’s first four games in the major leagues were highlighted by four triples. He was running wild on the bases, resurrecting memories of those Running Royals of the 1970’s. It was as if […]

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Player Profile: Ian Kennedy

Ian Kennedy was rolling. Through his first five starts and 31 innings of 2017, Kennedy owned a 2.30 ERA and had limited the opposition to .159/.256/.262. A year after surrendering 1.5 HR/9, he was keeping the ball in the yard (0.9 HR/9) while striking out 28 against 14 walks. His average Game Score was a […]

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Player Profile: Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss needed a few years to break through. After playing parts of six seasons in Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, his moment coincided with his arrival in Oakland prior to the 2012 season. In three years on the east side of the Bay, Moss posted TAv’s of .335, .328 and .290. His cumulative line with […]

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Player Profile: Drew Butera

Drew Butera is something of a Royals folk hero. As far as I can tell, there are three reasons for this. They are, in order of importance: Hair flips Mop-up relief pitching Backup catching Let’s begin. Hair Flips Scouting is an inexact science, but there is no disputing Butera is blessed with 80 grade hair. […]

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Player Profile: Jason Hammel

The knock on Jason Hammel when the right-hander arrived in Kansas City was he habitually struggled in the second half of the season. He came by that reputation honestly. Hammel scuffled after a trade to Oakland in 2014. He limped to the finish line with an injury in 2015. The results were a little better […]

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Voodoo Economics

The Royals have a bit of an accounting problem on their hands. #Royals GM Dayton Moore told KC radio station in November that payroll would be in $110M-$120M range. Sources now indicate number will be no more than $110M. Only way Hosmer fits is if #Royals trim in other areas. KC listening on everyone, getting […]

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

The Royals rumors came fast and furious on Wednesday, mostly centered around Danny Duffy. Danny Duffy extremely popular on trade market. KC seriously thinking about trading. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 13, 2017 We have a bit of an inferiority complex in Kansas City. That’s okay to admit, I think. We’re one of the smallest […]

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Moving On At The Winter Meetings

By the time you read this, the entire post will be out of date. Such is the hazard of writing about the Winter Meetings. The annual event kicks off Monday in Orlando. That’s the only thing we can say with any certainty as this year’s edition promises to be a wild affair. Shohani Ohtani and […]