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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/29/19

A possibly profitable sale of the Royals; Mitch Garver’s utilization; Bieber is on the deGrom track

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Royals’ owner David Glass is reportedly negotiating a sale of the team in the neighborhood of $1 billion, which would be the fourth-most profitable sale in baseball history, and would be 11th in rate of annual return. There are still questions regarding RSNs, but this still stands as a potentially explosive deal given the team’s relative lack of success and low payroll over the ownership period.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): Mitch Garver is having an incredibly offensive season with the Twins, so the question stands as to whether they are under-utilizing him. The answer is likely no, given it is appropriate to reduce the “grind” when he has to start behind the plate, yet there is a chance he could be used at first base in the future.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Shane Bieber is finally stepping into the spotlight in Cleveland, largely because the Indians have lost Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber to injuries. And Bieber is finally coming into form, learning how to work his dynamic stuff and honing his fastball command. He is following a similar track of Jacob deGrom, who also didn’t burst on to the season but continued to improve as he pitched in the big leagues.