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ROLE WITH THE ROYALS FOR MATHENY?

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2018: Matheny, before the start of his last game with the team

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sits in the dugout before the start of the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

QUESTION: What sort of advising would Mike Matheny be doing if he goes with the Royals?

GOOLD: Unsure. This has been something bandied about for awhile. I first wrote about it and heard about it when the Cardinals were in Kansas City, and the Royals had reached out to him. Matheny heard from three teams. One was the Royals. Another candidate was possibly the Giants, though I couldn't confirm that. The nature of the role was being discussed -- and is still being discussed. Would be front office. Would be catching, for sure. How that lines up with Matheny's wish to manage again and the Royals already having a manager is part of the discussion and, undoubtedly, the title, too.

Follow-up: How do we know only 3 teams reached out to Matheny? Could this advisory role with the Royals set him up nicely to take over if Yost doesn't return in 2020?

GOOLD: I reported that Matheny heard from three teams. It could be at least three teams. One of those teams was the KC Royals, and they've talked to him about an advisory role. What you're asking is exactly the kind of question they are asking themselves. Anything you know beyond that is not something I've written.

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