Sam Mellinger

Alex Rios a fine consolation prize, but Royals’ chances still hinge on core players

Alex Rios is a fine player to plug a gap in right field for one year, which is a wise financial move for the Royals, but he won’t change the formula for success in 2015: Next season is going to be more about Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, among others, taking steps forward, than Rios and Kendrys Morales.

Sam Mellinger

The Travis Kelce Experience: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer

The Full Travis Kelce Experience is a slant route where he finds space between the cornerback and linebacker and goes all mini-Gronk on the Oakland Raiders defense. This is pure Kelce, good and bad, a wild abandon that means he can break four tackles on one play and an occasional recklessness that means he might fumble on the next one.

Sam Mellinger

Kendrys Morales headed to the Royals, and that better not be all

If the Royals are correct, they have just signed a highly motivated, switch-hitting slugger who in each of his last three full seasons hit more home runs than any Royal did last season. If they aren’t, they are wasting a lot of money for an older and inferior designated hitter and still need to make another move that would be a cause for a celebration.

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