Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

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There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle:

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts.

You know you’re a redneck when … eh, I don’t have the energy to even finish it.

Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds

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As is offseason tradition, the first of player-shape reports are trickling in. These usually use some variation of the phrase “best shape of [my/his] life.” This one, though, avoids that at least.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds so far this offseason. Schwarber said that he’s “already big and strong,” so “might as well try to get more explosive, faster.”

Though Schwarber knocked out 30 home runs this past season, his numbers were otherwise pedestrian. He hit .211/.315/.467 with 59 RBI and 67 runs scored in 486 plate appearances.

There has been some speculation that the Cubs will try to trade Schwarber to an American League team where he can be a DH. He’s a subpar defender, so making him a full-time DH makes a lot of sense. So far, though, the only team that has been linked to Schwarber this offseason has been the Red Sox.