Royals express sympathy, offer thoughts and prayers in wake of Chiefs player’s murder-suicide

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Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and the mother of his three-month-old daughter, Kasandra Perkins, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and put a bullet in his own head in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. It’s an unspeakable crime and tragedy, to which members of the Royals — who play right next door to Chiefs — have been expressing their concerns and sympathy:

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.