MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have agreed to contract terms with lefty Tim Collins to avoid arbitration, the club announced. Collins will earn $1.475MM for the 2015 season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports on Twitter. That’s exactly what he made last year and what MLBTR predicted for the coming campaign. The..." November 30
MLB Trade Rumors "NOV. 30: Hwang has now officially been posted. Clubs will have until 5:00pm ET on Friday to submit bids for the third baseman. NOV. 25: Hwang will actually be posted on the 30th, Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweets. Lotte is pushing back the date to accommodate the Thanksgiving..." November 30
ESPN New York "Make no mistake, the New York Mets are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist. Still, if Zobrist is capable of landing a four-year deal, it very likely will be elsewhere. Zobrist, 34, hit a combined .276/.359/.450 with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals in 2015, and his versatility is..." November 30
Clubs in the Johnny Cueto market believe he's looking for a $140-160M payout. That's Cole Hamels-Jon Lester territory.
The Score "Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Sunday that right-hander Johnny Cueto rejected a contract offer from the club earlier this month, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the offer was worth $120 million over six years, but Stewart didn't..." November 30
Sources: #DBacks met last week with Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon. Expectation, however, is that Cueto’s price will exceed AZ’s comfort level.
The Score "Another potential candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays' general manager search has emerged. Kansas City Royals assistant GM of major-league and international operations Rene Francisco interviewed for the job, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Francisco joined the Royals in 2005 after..." November 28
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals released left-hander Wandy Rodriguez earlier this week, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports. Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with Kansas City in August and made five relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha but was never called up to the big league roster. Rodriguez, who turns 37..." November 27
ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26
The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25
Royals Review "The Royals have a really good bullpen. For two years in a row, the baseball world watched as games were shortened to six innings for the opposing team and nine innings for the Royals. Yes, I'm ignoring all extra-inning games because narratives. Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs took it upon himself to..." November 25
CBS Sports " The Cardinals have reached out to Ben Zobrist, sources say. While there are said to be as many as 20 teams in the mix, they are believed to be among the more interested teams, as they love his versatility, especially on the infield." November 25
MLB.com "Miguel Tejada, a former American League MVP and a 16-year MLB veteran, is taking a liking to managing. The 41-year-old made his debut as a manager this weekend, and he directed Aguilas Cibaenas to the first Serie de las Americas championship on Sunday at Marlins Park. Tejada, a longtime winter..." November 24
Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23
KC still in contact w/ Gordon/Zobrist. Hopeful they can reel one in, realistic they may not as other teams show interest. Nothing close rn.
Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20
New York Post "The Mets will begin their 2016 season similar to how they concluded their 2015 — against the Royals, probably as the only game going. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday, at the Major League Baseball quarterly owners meetings, that next season will open with a trio of games on Sunday,..." November 20
True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18
New York Daily News "The Mets are looking for a second chance at second base, but it looks like Ben Zobrist is out of their price range. Attempting to get back to the playoffs and this time win a World Series, the Mets are making another run at Zobrist, but a source who confirmed the Mets have reached out to the..." November 17
Real GM Baseball "If Alex Gordon leaves in free agency, the Kansas City Royals view Gerardo Parra as a potential replacement. " November 16
New York Post "Ben Zobrist will have his share of suitors this offseason — including the Mets — but early indications are the Yankees will not be among them. According to industry sources, the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive on the market, even if he does fill a need in..." November 16
Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13
MLB.com "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13
The Cardinals are among the teams interested in signing Ben Zobrist to a multi-year deal.
Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12
Hardball Talk "Joakim Soria served as the Royals’ primary closer from 2007-2011, tallying 160 saves alongside a 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.7 K/9. Now a free agent, there’s talk of the right-handed reliever returning to Kansas City. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are interested in a reunion..." November 12
Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Royals may well lose Alex Gordon to free agency, with the team unwilling to give him the five year deal he’ll likely find elsewhere. CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman reports in his latest Inside Baseball roundup that there is a “decent chance” that Gordon doesn’t return to the team,..." November 12
Interest in O’Day so extensive, even teams with deep bullpens have expressed interest, sources say. Among them: The #Royals.
MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11
MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11
MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10
Kansas City Star "No segment of a baseball roster overturns with more volatility than a bullpen. Even the elite arms of the Kansas City Royals are not immune. As the team prepares for its World Series defense in 2016, they will enter the offseason with only three full-time relievers in house: Wade Davis, Kelvin..." November 10
The Score "Alex Gordon is the best defensive outfielder on the free-agent market, and three teams are indicating early interest in the four-time Gold Glover. The Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros are all vying for Gordon's services, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Gordon has been..." November 10
Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10
NESN "Jonny Gomes has an idea for retirement. No, the energetic major league outfielder isn’t planning a transition into show business. And he doesn’t intend to trade his baseball glove for pom-poms despite being an entertaining vocal supporter. Instead, the 34-year-old believes a managerial career..." November 10
Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.
ESPN "Five days after winning the World Series, Kansas City infielder Ben Zobrist's whirlwind week wrapped up with a Royal addition to his family. Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, announced the birth of their third child Friday, a girl whom they have named, appropriately, Blaise Royal..." November 07
Royals announce they've picked up options on Alcides Escobar and Wade Davis, while declining their option on Jonny Gomes.
ESPN "The baseball that Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit for an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 of the World Series sold Wednesday night for $19,200. The ball was retrieved and authenticated by Major League Baseball with a QR code and a hologram...." November 05
Baseball Essential "Over his career, Ben Zobrist has been a great get for any general manager in baseball. He is a guy that can play anywhere in the field except pitcher, and has literally done so since his debut in 2006. He can also hit anywhere in a lineup and is a switch hitter, which makes him a constant..." November 05
CBS Sports "As expected, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon declined his player option for 2016 on Wednesday, the team announced. He is now a free agent. Gordon, 31, turned down a $12.5-million salary next season, though he should top that easily in free agency. A four- or five-year deal worth $15 million..." November 05
Alex Gordon turned down his option. He can become a free agent later this week.
Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04
Yahoo! Sports "Winning the World Series was the realization of a lifelong dream for members of the Kansas City Royals. For professional gambler Dave Oancea – he's known as Vegas Dave online – the Royals' first title since 1985 meant he made trips to a few Las Vegas casinos Monday and at the end of his road..." November 04
In less than surprising news, the Royals have not picked up the mutual options on Jeremy Guthrie and Alex Rios.
CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03
ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03
ICYMI-of all the crazy KC numbers, this might be the best: KC scored 40 runs this postseason 8th inning/later, no other team had more than 5