royals and volquez in agreement, $20, 2 yrs.
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Kansas City Star "The Royals’ next right fielder appears to have arrived. Alex Rios, a two-time All-Star who spent last season with the Texas Rangers, is close to signing a one-year, $11 million free-agent contract with the Royals, pending a physical, a source close to the negotiations told The Star on Monday..." December 16
alex rios agrees to one-year with royals. $11M.
Source: Royals agree with Kendrys Morales on a two-year deal worth $17M. Performance bonuses could take it up to $18.5M.
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Colby Rasmus is on #royals list of outfield options. Defense and power a plus. Lefty struggles and low OBP, not so much.
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
Hardball Talk "Fresh off signing a new two-year, $10 million contract with the Royals this week, Luke Hochevar told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he hopes to begin throwing off a mound in January. Hochevar missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old is currently..." December 06
word is, mariners, royals and indians are among teams to check in on alex rios
Kansas City Star "In organizational meetings in November, as the Royals pondered their route back to the World Series in 2015, team officials stressed the importance of preserving their pitching strength. The team has yet to find a replacement in the starting rotation for James Shields, but they have been active in..." December 03
CBSSports.com "The American League champion Royals, looking for bats, have been in contact with former Royal Melky Cabrera, although ultimately their small-market budget might make that a tight fit and force them to consider something more cost attractive. Cabrera's market should be strong coming off a season..." December 03
indians, royals, rangers taking a look at kendrys morales. mariners, jays among other possibilities.
ESPN.com "Jason Frasor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with a 2016 mutual option that guarantees the reliever $1.8 million. Frasor gets $1.25 million next season under Friday's deal, down from $1.75 million this year. The 2016 option is for $2 million with a $550,000..." November 30
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28
MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for left-hander Brian Flynn, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports" November 28
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced that they have re-signed right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2016 season. Frasor, a client of agent Dave Meier, reportedly receives a $1.25MM base in 2015 with a $2MM option that contains a $550K buyout. That makes for a $1.8MM guarantee,..." November 28
The Dodgers have traded IF Ryan Jackson to Kansas City for cash considerations.
ESPN.com "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told ESPN.com 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hardball Talk "Take it with a huge grain of salt, since it’s Phil Rogers. But this is what he wrote on MLB.com: A source indicated to MLB.com 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 FOXSports.com’s..." November 12
The #royals people will be meeting with Billy Butler's agents from the Legacy agency today at the GMs meetings.
Heard Royals were expected to meet with Brett Anderson’s reps this week. Dayton Moore has declined to confirm any specific meetings. Shrug.
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
word is, nori aoki seeks a three-year deal. reds, royals among teams in (tho kc more focused on torii at moment)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hardball Talk "According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, 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
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
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
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.
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
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
Royals expected to decline billy butlers $12M option. With aoki a free agent, may pursue torii hunter (they tried 7 yrs ago)