Royals Rumors & News

  • 15h
    Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

    The Dodgers have traded IF Ryan Jackson to Kansas City for cash considerations.

  • Willingham retires after 11 seasons "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24

  • Royals owner Glass not sure about a significant payroll spike

    Fox Sports Kansas City "With the added October playoff revenue and an expected boost in season attendance in 2015, one could anticipate the Royals' payroll -- about $95 million at season's end -- going up significantly next season. But that's not necessarily a given, Royals owner David Glass said at the owners meetings..." November 21

  • Report: A’s sign Billy Butler

    San Francisco Gate "According @MLBDailyRumors, the A’s have signed DH-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the A’s were in talks with Butler, and I am told by team sources that the sides are “engaged.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also is reporting that the..." November 19

  • Report: Rangers, Royals eyeing Kennedy

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Of the three pitchers the Padres may move for a bat, Ian Kennedy’s proximity to free agency makes him a natural asset to dangle on the trade market. As such, two teams – the Rangers and the Royals – have emerged as early options, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting. In the final year of..." November 19

  • 8d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Marlins interested in Shields. Would cost team No. 12 pick in draft plus $$$. GM Dan Jennings drafted Shields for #Rays in 2000.

  • 8d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Athletics in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler. First reported: @CoverThoseBases.

  • James Shields interests Arizona - but can it afford him?

    Fox Sports "So far, we’ve heard very little about the market for free-agent right-hander James Shields. Well, here is one interested team: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs tried to trade for Shields and Wade Davis two years ago in a three-way deal that would have sent Justin Upton to the Rangers..." November 18

  • Sources: Royals have had talks with Lester's agents

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester, according to sources close to the situation. Also, a representative from ACES Baseball Agency, which represents Lester, was believed to have been in Kansas City on Wednesday night. But a source..." November 14

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

  • Report: Billy Butler gets a three-year, $30 million offer

    Hardball Talk "Take it with a huge grain of salt, since it’s Phil Rogers. But this is what he wrote on A source indicated to that Butler has received a three-year, $30 million offer. That team is widely believed to be the Orioles. Orioles GM Dan Duquette denied it, telling’s..." November 12

  • 15d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #royals people will be meeting with Billy Butler's agents from the Legacy agency today at the GMs meetings.

  • 16d
    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Heard Royals were expected to meet with Brett Anderson’s reps this week. Dayton Moore has declined to confirm any specific meetings. Shrug.

  • Source: Royals’ 'interest' in Howard overblown

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard is not going to the Kansas City Royals any time soon, and maybe not at all. USA Today reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring Howard from the Phillies, but a person with knowledge of the situation characterized the matter as overblown on..." November 11

  • 17d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    word is, nori aoki seeks a three-year deal. reds, royals among teams in (tho kc more focused on torii at moment)

  • Royals interested in retaining Raul Ibañez in off-field role

    Kansas City Star "Raul Ibañez has not officially declared his retirement, but multiple teams have reached out to him to gauge his interest in working as a coach or manager in 2015. Tampa Bay listed Ibañez as a candidate for their managerial interest. The Yankees contacted Ibañez about becoming their hitting..." November 10

  • 19d
    MLB @MLB

    The 2014 #PlatinumGlove winners: @Yadimolina04 and Alex Gordon.

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • White Sox expected to pursue Norichika Aoki in free agency

    MLB Daily Dish "Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki, less than a week removed from a Game 7 loss in the World Series, could find himself a member of the White Sox at some point this offseason. According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, the Sox have "a lot of interest" in the former Royals outfielder following..." November 04

  • Royals extend qualifying offer to James Shields

    Kansas City Star "The Royals have extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to pitcher James Shields, and protected themselves with draft-pick compensation if Shields signs elsewhere. Shields has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the offer. He is expected to enter free agency and reap a contract worth..." November 03

  • Should the Royals trade Greg Holland?

    Hardball Talk "Former major leaguer and current FOX Sports contributor C.J. Nitkowski argues that the American League champion Royals should trade All-Star closer Greg Holland. The Royals aren’t expected to expand their payroll much at all. Nitkowski points out that Holland will be entering his second of..." November 02

  • Royals decline 2015 option on Billy Butler

    The Globe and Mail "Billy Butler hopes to be playing for the Kansas City Royals again next season. Of course, the business of baseball could change all of that. The Royals declined their option on Butler for next season Saturday, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in..." November 02

  • 25d
    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Royals sign 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, the former #BlueJays prospect who won BA Independent Leagues POY in Can-Am League

  • Royals manager Ned Yost undergoes minor surgery for skin cancer on nose

    Hardball Talk "According to Dick Kaegel of, Royals manager Ned Yost underwent minor surgery yesterday in Kansas City to remove skin cancer from his nose. Yost said the surgery was for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. It’s typically caused by prolonged exposure to sun, which..." November 01

  • Yankees’ next hitting coach could be in Royals dugout

    New York Post "There was serious speculation running through Kauffman Stadium before the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series that the Yankees were waiting for the end of the Series on Wednesday night to contact the Royals’ Raul Ibanez to gauge his interest in becoming their hitting..." October 30

  • Royals' Yost wants to manager for 2-3 more seasons

    The Score "A loss in Game 7 of the World Series hasn't extinguished the fire Ned Yost has to manage. The Kansas City Royals manager addressed the media on Thursday, and while still contemplating what could have been, the 60-year-old told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he still would like to..." October 30

  • 28d
    Bill Nye @TheScienceGuy

    World Series Science: don't dive into 1st base. Instant a runner leaves his feet, he slows down. May have cost Royals a run and the game.

  • Madison Bumgarner amazing as Giants win World Series

    San Francisco Chronicle "One hundred times they won for each other. They won 100 games for a manager who would just as soon bang his big head against a wall than publicly doubt them. They won 100 for a city that loves them and has come to expect the joy they have brought in this championship era. As fate would have..." October 30

  • No, Alex Gordon wouldn't have scored an inside the park home run

    SB Nation "It would have made for incredible television, but no, Alex Gordon shouldn't have tried to score the game-tying run on an inside-the-park home run. Alex Gordon came to the plate with the Royals trailing by one run and down to the their final out in the 2014 World Series. Giants pitcher Madison..." October 30

  • 28d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Royals trade RHP Liam Hendriks to #BlueJays. Return expected to be a catcher.

  • 28d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Royals expected to decline billy butlers $12M option. With aoki a free agent, may pursue torii hunter (they tried 7 yrs ago)

  • Royals rout Giants 10 - 0, emphatically send Series to Game 7

    Royals Review "Yordano Ventura held down the Giants, while Kansas City's bats jumped all over Jake Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit. After two straight miserable games in San Francisco, the likely fallacious myth of momentum would appear to have been in the Giants' favor. Needing just one win to end the Royals'..." October 29

  • All hands on deck in winner-take-all Game 7 "This was the way it had to be. For the two Wild Card-winning clubs that could not be denied. For the World Series loaded with punches and counterpunches. For the legion of fans invested either in the Giants' drive for dynasty status or the Royals' scintillating storyline. These two teams have..." October 29

  • Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer visits shoulder specialist in search of answer for arm troubles

    Kansas City Star "Kyle Zimmer, the Royals’ talented but physically troubled pitching prospect, visited one of the nation’s leading shoulder specialists on Monday and could undergo a procedure to determine the source of recurring discomfort in his right arm. A week after he was shut down due to a recurrence of..." October 28

  • Game 6 starter Yordano Ventura on dear friend Oscar Taveras: "I'm dedicating that game to him." "Yordano Ventura will take the mound from Kauffman Stadium tonight "without a net," as Royals manager Ned Yost put it, a reference to his team facing elimination entering Game 6 of the World Series. Ventura will also be pitching with a broken heart, and a few extra reminders. Scrawled on his..." October 28

  • Royals’ James Shields would be great fit in Cubs’ rotation

    Chicago Sun-Times "When Kansas City Royals ace James Shields walked off the mound at the end of a scoreless sixth inning Sunday night at AT&T Park, after his final start of the year, he looked more like “Big Game James” than he ever has. Not just because of a strong performance in his Game 5 start against the San..." October 27

  • The domino that led to the Royals-Giants World Series: Melky Cabrera

    New York Post "The Giants had followed up their 2010 championship by scoring the majors’ second-fewest runs in 2011. The Royals were beginning to assemble an interesting group of young position players, but craved high-end starting pitching. So on Nov. 7, 2011, two organizations without much history with one..." October 27

  • Giants' grounds crew denies watering down infield to slow Royals

    San Francisco Gate "The Royals led the majors in stolen bases this year, and their manager said the Giants have added extra water to their infield, particular on the basepaths, presumably an attempt to slow down Kansas City’s running game. “Yes, I thought it was a little extra wet around first,” Yost said before..." October 27

  • 32d
    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Lorenzo Cain has had leg issues for 2-3 weeks. Improved as game progressed. "I'm feeling better. I'll definitely be able to go" for Game 5.

  • Giants, down 4-1, roar back to whip Royals and even series

    San Francisco Chronicle "Pablo Sandoval had chills, which was understandable. He was so sick before the game, he needed intravenous fluids. After the Giants stormed back from three runs down to swamp the Royals 11-4 on Saturday night and even the World Series at two wins apiece, Hunter Pence had a different kind of..." October 26

  • Yost should use quick hook if James Shields struggles in Game 5 "On Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series, the Royals will send notional ace James Shields to the mound to face the Giants. With the Fall Classic tied 2-2 and now in essence a best-of-three series, this is, suffice it to day, a desperately important game. On that point, it's worth noting once..." October 26

  • Woman goes into labor at Kauffman Stadium during World Series Game 1 "The Royals are playing in their first World Series in three decades right now, and many fans are going to extraordinary lengths to attend games. For Stephanie Hetherington and her husband Jason, that meant attending Game 1 at Kauffman Stadium even though she was nine months pregnant. Although..." October 26

  • Royals say Giants watered down infield to slow them down in Game 3 "The Royals beat the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night (KC 3, SF 2), though they didn't use their trademark speed. Kansas City didn't attempt a single stolen base against Tim Hudson, who is notoriously easy to run against. After the game, several Royals told Bill Shaikin of..." October 26

  • Brandon Finnegan the first to play in two World Series in one year

    Hardball Talk "We expected it to happen eventually, and it finally did in Game 3 of the World Series. In getting the final two outs of the bottom of the seventh inning, Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan became the first player to play in two World Series in one year: College and Major League. The Royals took..." October 25

  • Royals beat Giants 3-2, take 2-1 lead in World Series

    Kansas City Star "This ballpark consists of red bricks, wind-whipped World Series banners and orange Giants hoodies, hard by McCovey Cove and nearly 1,700 miles west of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the stadium where Brandon Finnegan set his sights upon as last winter thawed. How could he have imagined his..." October 25

  • Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

    Kansas City Star "The life returned to Omar Infante’s right arm last week. His bat had to wait a few extra days. He delivered his signature moment as a Royal in the second game of the World Series, smacking his first home run in two months as the final salvo of a five-run inning that helped his team even the Fall..." October 24

  • 34d
    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Ned Yost acknowledged possibility Jarrod Dyson might start tomorrow. Nori Aoki has more value off the bench than Dyson as a pinch hitter.

  • Strickland 'embarrassed', hopes for another chance

    CSN Bay Area "Hunter Strickland already owned up to his emotional transgressions in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. Given a day to process everything that happened, though, and after talking with coaches and teammates, the right-handed rookie said he had an even better understanding of how bad it..." October 24

  • Fueled by big sixth inning, Royals tie up World Series with 7-2 victory over Giants

    Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez pointed to his mouth and then to his chest. The objects of his ire were the blazing eyes and flapping lips of San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland. The Royals had just treated Strickland like a piñata, busting open the sixth inning in a 7-2 victory, evening this World Series at..." October 23

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23