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Report: Royals will retain GM Dayton Moore after sale of team

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Royals owner David Glass is expected to sell the team to local businessman John Sherman for more than $1 billion. When teams change hands, usually there’s a significant organizational restructuring, but Jon Heyman reports that GM Dayton Moore is expected to be retained following the sale.

Moore, 52, has been GM of the Royals since May 2006. Since the start of the 2007 season, the club has gone 959-1125 (.460) and finished third or worse in 10 of 12 years, which would normally be deemed an unsuccessful tenure. However, the Royals lost the World Series in seven games in 2014 before beating the Mets in five games in 2015 to win its first championship since 1985.

The Royals are in the middle of a rebuilding effort and their farm system is in the bottom-third of the league, per MiLB.com, so Sherman and Moore will have their work cut out for them.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”