Facing a sizable hole in center field assuming Lorenzo Cain leaves via free agency, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday that the club would look internally first, seeking to utilize Paulo Orlando, Billy Burns and possibly Alex Gordon at the position in 2018. Former first-round pick Bubba Starling is positioned to make his major-league debut as well after an inconsistent rise through the system, though he will likely start the season in the minor leagues.
On Tuesday morning, the second day here at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, the buzz enveloped free agent Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres. One report described the club’s talks with Hosmer, who has only played for the KC Royals, as having “traction.”
Two days have passed since Tulsa surprisingly defeated Kansas State 61-54 at Intrust Bank Arena, but Wildcats basketball coach Bruce Weber can’t stop thinking about the game. He hopes K-State can improve over the next week in practice.
On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Royals officials spent part of Monday fielding phone calls from rival clubs inquiring about players such as Kelvin Herrera, Scott Alexander, Whit Merrifield and even Danny Duffy.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali is active for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. He had been inactive in two of the last three games. Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, who had a big game against the Chiefs in Oakland, will play.