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Royals Extend Qualifying Offers To Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas

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As of 5 PM ET on Monday, free agency in Major League Baseball is officially underway; and three of the core players on the Kansas City Royals are now free agents.

On Monday, the team extended $17.4 million qualifying offers to Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas. They were three of nine players in baseball to receive a qualifying offer.

The trio of Royals have 10 days to accept or decline their offer, and are free to negotiate with other ballclubs during that time; all three are expected to decline by the November 16 deadline.

Kansas City will receive “a compensatory draft pick based on the value of the contracts those players sign elsewhere” with each declined offer, FOX Sports reports.

Cain, Hosmer, and Moustakas have been teammates on the Royals since 2011, winning a World Series championship together in 2015.

All three players are coming off excellent 2017 seasons. Cain, 31, hit .300/.363/.455 with 15 homers, 49 RBIs, and 26 steals in 155 games. Hosmer, 28, played in all 162 games and hit .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs. Moustakas, 29, had a career year, hitting .272/.314/.521 with career highs in homers (38) and RBIs (85).

The Royals are expected to make a strong push to keep Hosmer, who is respected greatly within the organization for his leadership abilities and work ethic. Losing all three though will be a huge blow for Kansas City, and will create big holes to be filled.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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