Baseball is a year-round activity. Throughout the fall and winter, there are the winter leagues, the winter meetings, trades, free agent acquisitions and the Fan Fest. I know that for many of you, baseball isn’t something that occupies your thoughts over the winter, so I’m going to try and put together some quick n0tes and links concerning the Royals, baseball and even some things unrelated to baseball. This way you can keep checking in over here and keep up to date with anything you’ve missed and to get that quick much-needed baseball fix.
- In his latest blog post (ESPN Insider required), Buster Olney says that the Royals “intend to listen to any and all offers” for Zack Greinke. This really isn’t anything new. I’d imagine any general manager in baseball would listen to any offer for any player, it’s what a GM does. What may be different is the fact that this information probably came from high up in the Royals organization, to get the word out to other general managers around baseball. Until Greinke is either re-signed or traded, this kind of talk will just keep bubbling up.
- Matt Kelsey over at I-70 Baseball takes a stab at the Royals 2011 Opening Day lineup. I think he is pretty close, except I don’t believe that Mike Moustakas will be on the Opening Day roster and I don’t think he should be.
- Michael Engel over at Kings of Kauffman notes that three Royals prospects made the Pan-Am All Tournament Team: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Mike Montgomery. I really enjoyed following the Pan Am tournament, it doesn’t get nearly the play it should here in the States.
- Speaking of the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament, here is a great article about Ned Yost heading down to check out the young Royals prospects in Puerto Rico. I really liked this gesture by the Royals manager. I’ve always maintained that at least 60% of a managers job is off the field. Earning the respect of your players before they even come to the Majors seems like a really good idea to me.
- The Royals announced that they acquired pitcher Kevin Pucetas from the San Francisco Gians to complete the Jose Guillen trade. Here is an article with some quotes from Pucetas on the trade. Pucetas is a 25 year old right-handed pitcher with a 3.73 ERA in 120 Minor League innings.
- Conor Glassey at Baseball America has a scouting report on 5th round pick Jason Adam from Blue Valley. The velocity on his fastball (91-94 touching 97) is something to be very excited about. He still needs work on his off-speed stuff, but so do most 18 year olds.
- Billy Butler got a new agent, and is now with Greg Genske Legacy Sports. It’s a pretty big name in the business, and Butler will be going through arbitration for the first time this winter.
- The guys over at I-70 Baseball are going to be taking a look back at the 1985 World Series in honor of the anniversary. I’m pretty excited to check it out.