MLB.com "There really is only one basic roster battle going on in Royals camp, and that's in the bullpen. There are two, possibly three, spots up for grabs behind Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Luke Hochevar, and Jason Frasor, depending on if the club carries seven or eight..." February 27
Gordon cleared to take 15 dry swings tomorrow #royals
Ryan Madson threw a session of live BP today. His first time facing hitters since August of 2013.
Hardball Talk "Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is coming off of a season in which he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove, was named to the American League All-Star team for the second year in a row, and helped the Royals reach the World Series, breaking a playoff drought that extended all the way back to 1985 in..." February 22
Omar Infante felt soreness in his arm during throwing sessions before he arrived. He says he has some inflammation in his right elbow.
Hardball Talk "Brandon Finnegan had a rapid rise to the majors, debuting for the Royals just three months after they drafted him 17th overall and making a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever. However, long term the Royals still think he fits best as a starting pitcher and general manager Dayton Moore..." February 20
#Royals sign LHP Franlin Morales, 29, to a minor league deal. He started 22 games last year for COL, but mainly a reliever prior to 2014.
Hardball Talk "Royals outfielder Alex Gordon needed an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January, but he is aiming to be fully recovered by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. And his recovery has gone according to plan thus far. Gordon will have a checkup early next week with..." February 18
joe blanton signs minors deal with royals. gets invite to spring. would be great comeback story.
Shields can opt out of his four-year, $75M deal with Padres after two years, according to a copy of his contract obtained by Fox Sports.
Greg Holland agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal to avoid arbitration. @jflanagankc had it first. Only Eric Hosmer left to settle.
Heard the Royals are finalizing a two-year, $4.15 million deal to avoid arbitration with Kelvin Herrera.
Danny Duffy settled his arb case for $2.425 million. Three cases left.
CSN Chicago "The last major unsigned free agent has yet to find a home, and the Cubs may be a possible destination. CSN's David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent starting pitcher James Shields, who helped guide the Kansas City Royals to the World Series in 2014." February 05
GM Dave Stewart says Dbacks still not in on James Shields.
@jonmorosi reported there are multiple teams making an offer to James Shields, but the Red Sox aren't one of them per major league source.
Sources: James Shields has multiple offers in hand and is expected to sign by the end of this week. @FOXSports
Hardball Talk "James Shields finally appears close to making a decision, with multiple reports suggesting that he has long-term offers in hand and could choose a team by the end of this week. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the process, but it sounds like Shields re-signing with the Royals can be..." February 04
One rival GM said tonight he believes #Yankees are now actively pursuing James Shields.
Royals Review "The ALCS MVP signs for $2.75 million. Lorenzo Cain has signed a one-year $2.75 million contract, avoiding arbitration, reports Jeffrey Flanagan. Cain had asked for $3.6 million in his first year of salary arbitration with the Royals countering with $2 million. The 28-year old had a career..." February 03
mike moustakas settles with royals at $2.64M. above midpoint.
Kansas City Star "The Royals epic bullpen of 2014 is back for 2015, nearly intact. There was thought after the World Series that the team’s embarrassment of bullpen riches could become to bargaining chips on the trade market. But not only did that not happen, a case can be made the Royals actually will be..." February 01
Jarrod Dyson settled with royals at $1.225M plus 25K for 350 plate appearances
MLB Daily Dish "Arizona was linked to the 33-year old free agent who could sign soon with Max Scherzer off the board. With Max Scherzer off the market, teams seeking starting pitching depth could begin to pursue James Shields. Arizona was thought to be one of the teams most notably interested, but according to..." January 26
From the due diligence department: Dayton Moore says KC is still monitoring James Shields’ free agency, but “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”
New York Daily News "In case you held out hope that the Yankees would turn to James Shields now that Max Scherzer is officially off the market, well, the club is apparently sticking to its pledge this winter to stay away from big free agent contracts for starting pitchers, GM Brian Cashman reiterated on..." January 22
Source: #Padres on periphery of Shields sweepstakes, unlikely to land him. Teams with heaviest interest still unclear.
SB Nation "Wednesday morning's baseball looks at the James Shields market, Yoan Moncada, and MLB bullying the Orioles once again. Listen, we know it's tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes..." January 21
Fox Sports Kansas City "Royals fans have heard about the big-name prospects such as Hunter Dozier, Bubba Starling and Kyle Zimmer. But if you really want to impress your friends, drop the names Dziedzic and Escalera-Maldonado on them. As we near the start of the 2015 season, several under-the-radar prospects merit..." January 20
McCovey Chronicles "At least, that's what they're telling us. I still believe! The Giants introduced Nori Aoki at a press conference on Tuesday, and it was a pretty standard affair. Aoki would prefer to hit at the top of the order, but he says that's for the manager to decide. The manager, by phone, said that..." January 20
CBSSports.com "After a day of haggling and medical reviews, the Brewers and Rangers have finalized a trade sending right-hander Yovani Gallardo to Texas. In return, Milwaukee is receiving three good but not great prospects. Believe it or not, the 28-year-old Gallardo is the Brewers' all-time leader in..." January 19
Royals Review "With seven remaining Royals unsigned and eligible for arbitration, the front office has some work to do if they want to keep their streak of zero arbitration cases under the Dayton Moore era alive. Arbitration cases can be unpleasant things, where the team has to argue the player is a worthless..." January 19
Fernando Abad/OAK/1.225M/850K Jerry Blevins/WSH/2.4M/2.2M Brandon Crawford/SF/3.95M/2.4M Danny Duffy/KC/3.0M/1.75M
Continued: Hosmer $6.7M/$4.6M Moustakas $3.1M/$1.85M
MLB.com "The Giants filled their vacant left-field position Friday, agreeing with outfielder Nori Aoki on a one-year contract with an option, according to multiple reports. The deal is worth $4.7 million plus incentives with a $4 million guaranteed salary for 2015 and a $5.5 million option for 2016 or a..." January 16
Sporting News "Four-time Gold Glove Award recipient Alex Gordon may be not fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery when the Royals begin spring training. According to the Kansas City Star , general manager Dayton Moore said he is unsure if Gordon will be 100 percent when the Royals begin spring workouts..." January 14
Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a surprise team in the mix for free agent right-hander James Shields. Rosenthal speculates that Arizona’s interest is a “strong indication” that Shields’ market is not at $100 million, as they aren’t willing to spend for..." January 13
#Royals and manager Ned Yost agree to one-year extension on his current contract, which will now run through the 2016 season.
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Fox Sports "ink the Max Scherzer market is a mystery? Try figuring out which team is getting James Shields. Though the front-runners for Shields are not known, a number of executives tell FOX Sports they expect the free-agent right-hander to land a contract of at least five years, $100 million. Two..." January 05
ESPN.com "Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals that includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp, a baseball source told ESPN.com. Madson, 34, is 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves in eight career seasons with..." January 04
Giants are out on Shields, never in on Scherzer and still trying to work a deal on Zobrist according to sources
Kansas City Star "Royals left fielder Alex Gordon underwent surgery on his right wrist, the team announced on Tuesday. Gordon, who won his fourth straight Gold Glove in 2014, is expected by the Royals to recover in plenty of time for the season opener. The surgery — wrist extensor retinaculum repair — was..." January 02
New York Post "The Royals signed Alex Rios recently to a one-year, $11 million contract. But they actually first worked out a deal for him last July. At that time, Texas and Kansas City agreed to a trade that would send him from the injury-plagued, struggling Rangers to the contending Royals. However, Rios..." December 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced Tuesday that they have officially signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2017 season. The contract reportedly guarantees Volquez $20MM. A $20MM contract represents a win for Volquez and his representatives with the Wasserman..." December 29