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Rumor: David Glass selling the Royals due to health reasons

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Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is reportedly planning to sell the franchise due to health reasons, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale:

Glass first purchased the Royals for $96 million at the turn of the millennium. Since he has been in ownership, the team has had just four winning seasons. However, Kansas City also made consecutive trips to the World Series in 2014 and 2015, defeating the New York Mets in 2015 to win their first Fall Classic in 30 years.

Initially, there was a lot of confusion as to whether or not Glass was actually considering selling the team. ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that Glass was in discussions to sell the Royals to Kansas City businessman John Sherman for $1 billion:

However, the Royals released an official statement declaring that they had no comment on impending matters, and general manager Dayton Moore also refused to address any potential sale:

However, MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman tweeted on Wednesday night that Sherman is all but assured to acquire full ownership of the Royals because of his positive standing with league officials:

The Royals have experienced quite a harsh fall from grace since their 2015 World Series win. Kansas City managed to finish the 2016 season at the .500 mark, but they never really contended for a playoff spot after losing key bullpen arms like Greg Holland and Ryan Madson.

After former figureheads like Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas all departed, the Royals finished with just 58 wins in 2018, and they are 47-88 through their first 135 games in 2019.