One of the keys to the Royals’ success is their chemistry, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos tells FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi. “What the Royals do so good, is they’re very good at coming together. They know how to win,” Castellanos says. Part of the key, from Castellanos’ perspective, is that the Royals’ core has been in the same organization for so long. (Morosi points out, for example, that Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez played together all the way back in rookie ball, for the 2008 Idaho Falls Chukars.) “We have pretty good team chemistry, too. But the Royals, I guess, have a deeper connection because that whole nucleus came up together and played together,” says Castellanos. The Royals haven’t been shy about spending in free agency this winter, but Morosi argues that their success is built on a connection that can’t be bought on the open market. Here are more quick notes from the Central divisions.
- The Indians have announced that they’ve named Koby Perez their new director of Latin American scouting. Baseball America’s Ben Badler provides some good background on Perez’s career — Perez joined the Indians organization two offseasons ago, but prior to that, he was with the Phillies, for whom he was involved with a solid collection of signings that included those of Maikel Franco, Domingo Santana, Hector Neris and Lisalverto Bonilla. Prior to that, Perez was a scout in the Cardinals organization.
- In another front office move, the Pirates have lost director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks, who will be taking a job in the commissioner’s office, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel tweets. Brooks’ departure isn’t the first from the Pirates front office after the organization’s three straight Wild Card berths — the team also recently lost pitching guru Jim Benedict and special assistant Marc DelPiano to the Marlins. As Biertempfel previously reported, Brooks oversaw the Pirates’ pro scouting and international scouting areas, and he played a significant role in the Bucs’ successful signing of Jung Ho Kang last winter. Brooks had previously interviewed for the Brewers’ open GM job.