Royals Rumors & News

  • Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

    Fox Sports "With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them. For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the..." February 05

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Royals cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

    Hardball Talk "Louis Coleman registered an outstanding 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 over his first 140 1/3 major league innings from 2011-2013, but it fell apart for him in 2014 and he made just four appearances at the big league level in 2015. Now, for the first time in his professional career, the..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • The Royals claim they will lose money this year, but will they?

    Royals Review "This week Sam Mellinger wrote about how the economic of baseball have changed to allow small-market teams like the Royals afford higher payrolls and compete with large market clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox. Mellinger correctly points out that revenue sharing is greater than ever, allowing the..." February 02

  • Could the Royals be looking to acquire a Rays outfielder?

    Royals Review "Last week the Rays acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rockies for reliever Jake McGee and two other pitchers. The move was hailed as a good value move for the cost-conscious Rays, but it also gives them a bit of a crowded outfield. Dickerson will take over in left-field, at least against..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Ned Yost says Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando could form right-field ‘platoon’ for Royals

    Kansas City Star "On the first day of Royals FanFest, manager Ned Yost declined to anoint an opening day starter and remained noncommittal about the fourth and fifth spots in his starting rotation. But he did confirm that outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando would likely form “some sort of platoon” in right..." January 31

  • Royals sign outfielder Travis Snider to a minor-league deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals added to a growing collection of corner outfield options on Saturday, signing veteran Travis Snider to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training. Snider, who turns 28 next week, is a former top prospect who batted .232 with a .313 on-base percentage and..." January 30

  • Royals’ Salvador Perez confirms contract extension talks, says he’s ‘happy, either way’

    Kansas City Star "In the months after claiming his first World Series title, after he cradled the series Most Valuable Player trophy on a cool night in New York, Salvador Perez dropped 10 pounds from his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame. According to Perez, this was not exactly intentional. In the afterglow of a..." January 30

  • Report: Royals, Mike Moustakas have discussed a two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas told him that his representatives and the Royals have discussed a two-year deal which would buy out his remaining years of arbitration eligibility. Moustakas earned $2.64 million last season in his first year of..." January 30

  • Royals, Kennedy finalize 5-year, $70M contract

    The Score "The Kansas City Royals have announced their $70-million, five-year deal with pitcher Ian Kennedy, which was agreed to nearly two weeks ago but did not become official until Friday. The deal includes an opt-out after 2017 that would earn Kennedy a $6-million buyout, reports MLB.com's Jeffrey..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Ian Kennedy breakdown: 7.5M in '16, 13.5M in '17, 16M in '18, 16.5M in '19, 16.5M in '20. $70M guarantee. #royals

  • The ball from the final out of the Royals' World Series win has an unlikely owner

    Fox Sports "When we last saw the Kansas City Royals, they were dancing in a happy mob near the mound at Citi Field in New York. It was just after midnight on Nov. 2, and Wade Davis had frozen Wilmer Flores with a 95-mph fastball for the final out of 2015. The Royals won their first World Series in 30 years..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Report: Royals trying to extend Perez's contract

    The Score "One of the biggest bargains in the majors could be on the verge of a well-deserved payday. The Kansas City Royals are reportedly trying to "rework/extend" the contract of Salvador Perez, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Signed as an amateur free agent in 2006, Perez has spent his..." January 25

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • 15d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Peter Moylan agrees to minor league deal with Royals and Jo Jo Reyes on minor league deal with Marlins

  • 17d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Royals Sign Lorenzo Cain To Two-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced on Monday that they have reached a two-year contract with All-Star center fielder Lorenzo Cain that will buy out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility for a $17.5MM guarantee. Cain, a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management, will is set to earn $6.5MM for the..." January 18

  • Orioles, Royals overpay just to keep pace

    The Score "It isn't easy trying to win a playoff spot. It certainly isn't cheap, either. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals learned that the hard way Saturday, when they spent a combined $231 million just to keep their heads above water. The big contracts handed out to Chris Davis (seven..." January 17

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source confirms: Kennedy to #Royals, five years, $70M - and with an opt-out after two seasons. First reported: @jonheyman.

  • Royals reach five-year deal with Ian Kennedy

    Sportsnet "The Kansas City Royals have made a move to bolster their starting rotation, reportedly signing Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract." January 16

  • Royals to sign Ian Kennedy for five years, $70 million

    Hardball Talk "The noteworthy signings keep on coming on this Saturday morning. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Royals and Ian Kennedy have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract. Coming off a 4.28 ERA over 30 starts in 2015, Kennedy received a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying..." January 16

  • Source: Lorenzo Cain agrees to two-year extension with Royals

    Yahoo! Sports "All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension Friday, tying the third-place MVP finisher to the World Series champions through his final two arbitration seasons, a source familiar with the deal told Yahoo Sports. The Royals..." January 16

  • 23d
    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Mike Moustakas and the Royals have a huge gap. Moustakas is asking for $7 million and the Royals offering $4.2 million.

  • 23d
    Jeffrey Flanagan @FlannyMLB

    Butera gets $1,162,500 plus $12,500 for 25 games played. #Royals

  • Report: Royals 'making progress' with Ian Kennedy

    The Score "Eager to add another starter to their rotation following the loss of Johnny Cueto, the Kansas City Royals continue to have dialogue with Ian Kennedy and appear to be making progress on a deal with the right-hander, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Kennedy, who turned 31 last month,..." January 15

  • 25d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    w/ starting pitching field narrowed, teams seen as most likely spots for ian kennedy include royals, nats, astros & rockies

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • Royals “talking to” Yovani Gallardo, Ian Kennedy

    Hardball Talk "Kansas City is apparently trying to upgrade its rotation with what’s left of the free agent starter market, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Royals are “talking to” both Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy. Gallardo and Kennedy each turned down $15.8 million qualifying offers from..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Infante hasn't locked up 2B job

    MLB.com "The Royals no longer have Ben Zobrist, and they still will owe Omar Infante nearly $18 million over the next two seasons, but that does not mean Infante has locked up the second-base job. At least, that's what Royals general manager Dayton Moore is saying. "We'll just evaluate," Moore told..." January 09

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • 31d
    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Royals sign Chien Ming Wang to minor league deal.

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    royals are among teams with strong interest in ian kennedy. expected to make push now that gordon is done

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