Frank White is still estranged from the Royals

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As a young man, Frank White actually worked on the construction crew that built Kauffman Stadium. A local product, White signed with the Royals in 1970 after a tryout of all things and made it through their local baseball academy. And, of course he went on to enjoy an 18-year career in Kansas City, winning eight gold gloves, a World Series ring and eventually being inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame.

All of which makes this story from Jeff Passan unfortunate. Several years ago the Royals had a falling out with the man who, arguably, is the franchise’s most popular player. As a Royals minor league manager he was passed over for the major league job a couple of times. Later, the team slashed his salary for a community relations/P.R. gig he, like a lot of former players, enjoy in retirement. Finally, he was fired as a Royals broadcaster in part, many suspect, because he was critical of the team. As if being critical of the Royals before this year was unreasonable or something.

As Passan notes, there has been no rapprochement between White and the Royals, not even with the current baseball renaissance in Kansas City.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.