Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals will experiment with Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots this year "Royals manager Ned Yost revealed Friday that he may have some unusual outfield combinations this spring, and perhaps during the regular season. Yost indicated he plans to utilize Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots. "Every scenario is open," Yost said. "I'm going..." February 19

  • Despite rivalry, Machado reached out to Ventura's family following death

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached out to the family of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the days following the right-hander’s death in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic this offseason. During a June game against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound..." February 18

  • Dominican authorities: Yordano Ventura toxicology report won’t be released to public

    Kansas City Star "Authorities in the Dominican Republic told The Star on Thursday that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura following his fatal car crash will only be released to his family and attorneys. In the days following the Jan. 22 wreck, Royals officials said they were told toxicology..." February 17

  • The Royals aren’t giving up on the 2017 season — or their free agents

    Fox Sports "It sort of goes without saying, considering the Royals’ recent history, but the competitive DNA of this organization has become even more apparent since the tragic death of right-hander Yordano Ventura on Jan. 22. The Royals’ ensuing signings of first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss,..." February 16

  • Brian Flynn out eight weeks after breaking rib falling through barn roof

    Sportsnaut "The bad news for Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Flynn is that he’ll miss all of Spring Training and the first few weeks of the regular season. The good news? He’ll have a story to tell for a long time. Well, who hasn’t been there before? In reality, the injury probably could have been much..." February 14

  • Royals enter 2017 motivated to play in Ventura's honor

    USA Today "The Kansas City Royals trickled through the clubhouse Monday morning, and hanging high above the entrance to the field, was a huge black banner. The exhilaration and excitement of the first day of spring training, at least momentarily, was suddenly displaced by reality. “Ace 30.’’ They..." February 14

  • Travis Wood agrees to deal with Royals

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent pitcher/occasional outfielder Travis Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, sources tell FanRag Sports. Jerry Crasnick was the first to report Kansas City as the destination. The deal, worth $12 million, is pending a physical. Wood, who just turned 30 this..." February 14

  • Royals add Maness on minor-league deal "The Royals and right-hander Seth Maness have agreed to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The club has not confirmed the deal. Maness, 28, recently threw in a showcase after undergoing elbow surgery in August. " February 13

  • Hammel left Cubs due to strained relationship with Maddon

    ESPN "Addressing pitching depth was a major offseason goal for the world champion Chicago Cubs, and now that spring training is nearly upon us we can assess whether they’ve fortified themselves enough for the approaching marathon. Remember, the Cubs now view the season as a seven-month exercise -- not..." February 12

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Covering Yordano Ventura’s funeral ‘such a powerful’ experience

    Sportsnet "Vahe Gregorian had been to the Dominican Republic for a story about Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura before. That was in early 2015, just months after the talented right-hander burst into baseball’s consciousness with a dominant performance in Game 6 of the World Series. Gregorian, a..." February 07

  • Royals Sign Brayan Pena To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Royals catcher Brayan Pena is returning to the organization on a minor league contract, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). The deal comes with an invitation to spring training for Pena, who previously played in Kansas City from 2009-12. Pena, 35, had been sitting on the..." February 07

  • Royals agree to terms with starting pitcher Jason Hammel

    Kansas City Star "In the days after tragedy, as the Royals and Kansas City wrestled with the death of starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, general manager Dayton Moore made it clear that the franchise was prepared to fill the on-field hole. Moore did not know how it would be done. The loss and pain was all too fresh...." February 06

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Royals believe Brandon Moss’ power will translate to Kauffman Stadium

    Kansas City Star "For months, the Royals extolled the virtues of a designated hitter by committee, a rotating role that would offer more flexibility to the roster and more rest for an aging roster. In signing free-agent slugger Brandon Moss, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the club was not ditching that..." February 03

  • Royals, Herrera avoid arbitration with $5.3M deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals and right-hander Kelvin Herrera have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.325MM, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). That figure falls directly in between the $5.6MM for which Herrera filed and the $5.05MM figure at which the team countered, as shown..." February 03

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Royals, Brandon Moss Nearing Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss is nearing an agreement with the Royals, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Signing with the Royals would keep the 33-year-old Moss in Missouri, where he played the past season-plus as a member of the Cardinals. In 2016, his only full campaign in St...." January 29

  • Danny Duffy buys Yordano Ventura bobblehead on eBay for Ventura’s mother

    Kansas City Star "The bobblehead was snatched up quickly on eBay. Days after Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, a bobblehead of the late Royals pitcher sold for $100 hours just after it went on sale. The seller, who is from Kansas City, then got a big surprise. The address..." January 29

  • Braves bring Kris Medlen back on minor-league deal

    Fox Sports South "After a two-year absence, Kris Medlen is returning to the Braves, albeit on a minor league deal. The right-handed pitcher has inked a contract with Atlanta that does not include an invitation to spring training. The deal was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David..." January 29

  • Royals FanFest filled with tributes to Yordano Ventura by team, players, fans

    CBS Sports "Earlier this month, Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura died tragically at the age of 25, the result of a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Ventura was laid to rest on Wednesday. Now the Royals are beginning to pay tribute to the hard thrower, who was such a vital part of their recent..." January 28

  • The Royals will wear a patch on their jerseys honoring Yordano Ventura in 2017

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major-league infielder Andy Marte were killed in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic. Ventura was 25. Marte was 33. On Thursday, the Royals announced they will honor Ventura with a patch on their jerseys during the 2017 season." January 27

  • New information disputes suspicion that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was robbed

    Kansas City Star "New information from the Dominican Republic appears to quash the suspicion that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was robbed after a car wreck that took his life early Sunday morning on the Caribbean island. Bienvenido Rojas, a longtime sports journalist for Diario Libre in the capital of Santo..." January 25

  • Greg Holland signs with Rockies

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that the the Colorado Rockies are close to signing free agent relief pitcher Greg Holland. Holland, a veteran right-hander, has the ability to close games while also serving a reliable arm out of the bullpen in any situation. It’s..." January 25

  • Yordano Ventura was robbed and left to die after car accident

    Kansas City Star "Disturbing but unverified details have emerged about the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. A story in the Spanish-language site Pio Deportes said that journalist Euri Cabral reported that Ventura “was carrying items such as cash, garments that included his World Series ring and other..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Yordano Ventura reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt during fatal crash

    CBS Sports "Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura died Sunday in a fatal car accident in his native Dominican Republic. While an investigation into the crash and Ventura's subsequent death are ongoing, some details are beginning to emerge. Here's an excerpt from Rustin Dodd's piece on the crash in the Kansas..." January 24

  • Investigators Believe Yordano Ventura Was Speeding Before Crash

    TMZ "Transportation authorities in the Dominican Republic tell TMZ Sports they believe Yordano Ventura was speeding at the time of his fatal crash. The K.C. Royals pitcher was traveling on a mountainous highway around 4 AM on Sunday when he lost control and flipped his customized Jeep ... killing..." January 23

  • Royals GM called Marlins president after news of Ventura's death

    ESPN "The news of Yordano Ventura's death spread quickly Sunday morning and pierced the veneer of a sports world focused on the NFL playoffs and Grand Slam tennis. With each new expression of grief or tweet of confirmation, we experienced the same sequence of emotions: shock and disbelief, followed by a..." January 23

  • Dominican officials say no alcohol found at scene of Ventura's fatal crash

    Kansas City Star "In life, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura burned bright against the night sky, a flame-throwing right-hander who mesmerized baseball fans with his precocious talent, scintillating fastball and fiery swagger. A child of the Dominican Republic, he arrived in Kansas City four years ago and rode that..." January 23

  • Commissioner Manfred on deaths of Ventura, Marte: 'Today is a very sad day'

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Sunday, news broke that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte had died in separate car accidents. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has since issued a statement concerning both: "Today is a very sad day for..." January 22

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Dominican police: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

    SI "Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to’s Jesse Sanchez. Ventura’s death..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Edinson Volquez's brother stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Star "A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic. According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody. A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted..." January 17

  • Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

    Kansas City Star "The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent after the 2017 season, his final year of arbitration, but will instead make $5 million this season, $14 million in..." January 16

  • Cubs benched Jorge Soler several times in 2016 for lack of hustle

    CSN Chicago "When the Cubs traded Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for elite closer Wade Davis, it was easy for the Chicago fanbase to understand why. After all, everybody saw the importance of relief pitching throughout the course of the 2016 postseason and there simply wouldn't be enough playing time..." January 16

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Greg Holland has much interest, seeks unique deal

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent closer Greg Holland is seeking an unusual two-year deal with a one-year opt-out that could allow him to re-test a free agent market that showed a strong affinity for closers this winter. Holland’s interest in such a deal should be no surprise after three of the biggest stars of this..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Royals and Braves reportedly interested in Trevor Plouffe

    Hardball Talk "Free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly been drawing interest around the league, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Braves and Royals are rumored to have shown interest alongside the Red Sox and Athletics, though no contract talks have emerged as of yet. Plouffe, 30, was..." January 08