Royals Rumors & News

  • Duffy, Royals shut down struggling Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White House one day, the sweat house the next. Danny Duffy threw 6 2/3 solid innings and Cheslor Cuthbert homered as the Kansas City Royals bested the struggling Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night with 98 degrees and a stifling heat index of 108 for the first..." July 23

  • Price on Wade Davis high; Nats, others check in

    Today's Knuckleball "The Nationals and a few other teams searching for a big-time closer have checked in on Royals star closer Wade Davis, and they have found the asking price to be higher than the price put on Yankees star closer Aroldis Chapman. There’s no certainty either star closer will be traded, as the..." July 23

  • Royals didn't invite Cueto to White House

    San Jose Mercury News "Johnny Cueto pitched a shutout for the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of the World Series last October. Apparently, that’s not enough to earn an invitation to join the team for their congratulatory visit to the White House." July 23

  • Royals have interest in acquiring Markakis

    Royals Review "We are a little over a week away from the August 1 trade deadline, and while fans debate whether or not the Royals should be sellers or buyers, the rumors seem to suggest the Royals are looking to be buyers. Despite the great need for starting pitching, there are persistent rumors the Royals are..." July 22

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Salazar, Indians roll past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Danny Salazar has the Royals' number, Kansas City continues its search for a dependable No. 5 starter. Salazar pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Mike Napoli and Francisco Lindor homered as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Royals 7-3 Tuesday..." July 20

  • Naquin leads Indians past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Naquin compiled a record-setting day for a Cleveland Indians rookie. Naquin belted two home runs and drove in six runs and Carlos Carrasco gave up one hit in six dominant innings as the Cleveland Indians thrashed the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Wednesday. Naquin..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • Dyson's slam completes Royals' rally past Indians

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jarrod Dyson is not exactly known for his power after hitting seven major league homers in five seasons. Dyson had none this season and no career grand slams, but that ended Monday night. Christian Colon tied the game with an eighth-inning, pinch-hit double, and..." July 19

  • Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery

    Hardball Talk "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the new black, apparently. Matt Harvey underwent his surgery for it this week and now Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer will as well. He’s out for the year. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft and was ranked as a top-25 prospect according to both Baseball..." July 19

  • Yankees and Royals have discussed Carlos Beltran

    Sportsnaut "After losing two of three to the Boston Red Sox to open the unofficial second half of the season, the New York Yankees may very well find themselves out of contention in the American League. Now sitting one game under .500 and 5.5 games out of the final wild card spot in the American League, it..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Jonny Gomes left crushed by Royals' White House snub

    The Score "Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes, who spent a small part of the 2015 season with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, recently had his heart broken by the club when he was informed he wouldn't be included in the team's upcoming trip to the White House. "I've been sent down. I've been..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Saltalamacchia's heroics sends Tigers past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia came up to the plate in the ninth inning thinking he'd get a bunt sign. Then, he anticipated that his manager might try a hit-and-run. He didn't get any of those signals. Then, he pointed everyone in the ballpark toward the exits. The Detroit Tigers..." July 17

  • Alex Gordon acknowledges he has ‘played like crap’

    Kansas City Star "Ten years into his major-league career, Alex Gordon has not changed much. He still sweats through the same pregame routine each day, the ritual broken down to the minute, the same lifts and the same exercises. He still cuts the same figure in the Royals clubhouse, a stoic leader who commands..." July 17

  • Royals activate closer Wade Davis, option rookie Brooks Pounders to Class AAA Omaha

    Kansas City Star "As expected, the Royals on Saturday afternoon activated Wade Davis from the 15-day disabled list. Davis, who battled a forearm strain before the All-Star break, will be available out of the bullpen tonight against the Tigers. " July 16

  • Royals, Duffy pick up road win over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Patience is something that Kansas City Royals hitters rarely display. They rank last in the American League in walks but when Detroit Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey got off to a sluggish start, they took a wait-and-see approach. The Royals scored five early runs with the aid of four..." July 16

  • Royals Release Joe Beimel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have released veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel from their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, according to’s Jeffrey Flanagan (Twitter link). Beimel had signed a minors pact with Kansas City in late May. Beimel posted a 4.30 ERA in 14 2/3 innings with Omaha, issuing eight..." July 15

  • Eric Hosmer and the Royals’ closing World Series window

    Today's Knuckleball "The small-market Royals have beaten the odds to make two straight World Series, and win one, thanks to the leadership of superb GM Dayton Moore, an excellent plan based around defense and pitching (and especially bullpen) and a fine band of very nice, win-first players. But with a couple of their..." July 15

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • Before winning All-Star MVP, Eric Hosmer hit a ball so hard it tattooed his bat

    Yahoo! Sports "Dove Tail Bats Model P13435, a 34-inch, 32-ounce piece of rock maple run on a lathe July 7 specifically for Eric Hosmer, has a nickname chiseled into its barrel: The Champ. About 4 inches away from the label of the bat Hosmer swung Tuesday night were muddled, light-blue, backward letters. Put up..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Montgomery, Mariners too strong for Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Montgomery's words said it was just another game. His smile betrayed him. Montgomery pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in the Seattle Mariners' 8-5 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Montgomery, who was Kansas City's first-round draft pick in 2008,..." July 10

  • Royals among teams showing interest in Reddick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics and right fielder Josh Reddick have not restarted contract talks, thereby increasing the likelihood of a trade by the Aug. 1 deadline, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A’s offered Reddick a three-year, $36MM contract extension during the spring, but his camp..." July 10

  • Perez contributes to Royals' 5-3 win in multiple ways

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez hit a home run in the seventh inning to extend Kansas City's lead to two runs. Then he picked off a runner with a perfect throw to first baseman Eric Hosmer in the eighth to preserve the two-run lead as the Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Saturday at..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Perez's walk-off double sends Royals past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brooks Pounders doesn't have a name plate in his locker in the Kansas City Royals clubhouse. That likely will change before Friday's game. Pounders, in just his second game in the major leagues, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with the Royals down a run. A two-run rally,..." July 08

  • Royals move struggling Chris Young to the bullpen

    Hardball Talk "Royals manager Ned Yost told the media, including Jason Lamb of Kansas City’s FOX 4 News, on Thursday that Chris Young won’t make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Mariners. Instead, Young is being moved to the bullpen." July 08

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • Donaldson delivers two HRs in Jays' 8-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey had his knuckleball fluttering Tuesday night, and at the same time, for a change, the Toronto Blue Jays' bats were booming. Dickey, often a victim of poor run support this season, took advantage of four home runs from his teammates, and he recorded eight strikeouts..." July 05

  • Royals interested in Josh Reddick, Rich Hill

    MLB Daily Dish "The Royals have interest in Athletics trade chips Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, according to a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kansas City scouted Hill’s most recent start against Pittsburgh. Kansas City is known to be looking for rotation help in advance of the trade..." July 05

  • Royals place Wade Davis on 15-Day DL

    Today's Knuckleball "Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have placed shut-down reliever Wade Davis on the 15-ay Disabled List with a “right forearm strain.” As noted by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Kansas City’s starting rotation has pitched the least innings of any team in the majors,..." July 05

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • Sanchez, Blue Jays top Royals in ALCS rematch

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez keeps hearing about how he will eventually be put in the bullpen later this season to restrict his innings count and preserve his dynamic young arm. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander keeps pitching as if he intends to stay in the rotation. The..." July 04

  • Phillies use early outburst to beat Royals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies wasted little time jumping on Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura en route to a 7-2 win on Sunday that was highlighted by a three-run home run from Cameron Rupp in the first inning. Rupp blasted an opposite-field shot to bring in..." July 03

  • Morales, Duffy carry Royals to 6-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With the hot bat usual designated hitter Kendrys Morales is swinging, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has been hesitant to take the 33-year-old Cuban out of the lineup during this recent stretch of five straight games at National League parks. Yost's intuition proved to..." July 02

  • Hellickson, Herrera help Phillies trump Royals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Second-year center fielder Odubel Herrera is the player most likely to represent the Philadelphia Phillies in the All-Star Game later this month, but the Venezuelan native said through an interpreter Friday that he doesn't dwell on such things. Then he was asked if he..." July 01

  • Escobar's 12th-inning double lifts Royals over Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Alcides Escobar took a simple approach to the plate in the top of the 12th inning Wednesday night. "I just tried to put the ball in play," he said. The Royals shortstop did that and more, lining a tiebreaking double just inside the right field line that lifted Kansas City..." June 30

  • Red-hot Morales powers Royals past Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- It doesn't matter if they're a right-hander or a left-hander. It means not one iota if they throw a fastball, curve, changeup or cutter. Kendrys Morales is barreling almost everything that comes his way. The Kansas City Royals' right fielder doubled twice and homered..." June 30

  • Carpenter spearheads Cards' win over Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Carpenter is not the prototypical leadoff hitter with no stolen bases. However, he is probably the best leadoff hitter in the majors. Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in two runs, and Michael Wacha pitched six useful innings as the St. Louis Cardinals held..." June 29

  • Lorenzo Cain suffers hamstring injury

    Kansas City Star "A stoic glare formed on Lorenzo Cain’s face as he forged a path through a crowd of reporters late on Tuesday night. He walked slowly, his gait deliberate and measured. He wore a pair of black jeans and dress shoes. He did not stop as he pushed toward a back hallway inside the Royals..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Lorenzo Cain placed on 15-day DL "The Royals announced Wednesday that center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain." June 29