Ricky Romero is in the best shape of his life

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I’ll stop writing stuff like that when dudes stop writing stuff like this:

Halladay’s departure leaves Romero, who went 13-9 as a rookie, as
the most experienced healthy starting pitcher on the roster, and the
25-year-old is tackling the new challenge the way Halladay would.

By training like a maniac.

In
addition to his throwing sessions, Romero worked out at Athletes’
Performance in suburban Carson, Calif., putting in two-hour sessions
four days a week, and fine-tuning for the grind that begins with spring
training in two weeks.

“I feel I’m ready to tackle a 200-plus inning season,” said Romero, who logged 178 innings last year.

Maybe I don’t understand the journalism biz, but if I was an editor and my beat guy brought me a “Professional Athlete trains hard before the season” story I’d be tempted to spike that in the name of all dog-bites-man stories that have ever been spiked.

“Bring me a story about some outfielder who developed a Cheetos addiction over the winter,” I’d yell as I chomped on my cigar, J. Jonah Jameson-style,  “and if he doesn’t want to be famous, I’ll make him infamous!”

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.