Royals Rumors & News

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Royals' Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique

    Number Fire "Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list. WHAT IT MEANS: Soler's disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March, which would allow him to return after only the first week of the..." March 27

  • Raul Mondesi wins starting second base job for the Royals

    Kansas City Star "When the Royals open the season next week in Minnesota, manager Ned Yost plans to write Raul Mondesi’s name in as the starting second baseman. Yost announced Monday that Mondesi had won the job, edging out Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. Yost added the Cuthbert is in line..." March 27

  • Royals' Danny Duffy will start Opening Day for Royals

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost on Saturday officially announced left-hander Danny Duffy will be the club’s opening day starter, confirming a move that had been expected for weeks, if not months. Duffy, 28, will make his first opening day start when the Royals open the season against the Twins on..." March 25

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Nate Karns wins No. 5 spot in Royals’ rotation

    Hardball Talk "Nate Karns has won the fifth and final spot in the Royals’ starting rotation, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. He was battling with Travis Wood and Chris Young for the honor. Manager Ned Yost says he likes Karns’ power and the versatility of having Wood and Young in the bullpen, Dodd..." March 21

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Yost in 'good mood' as Perez rejoins Royals

    MLB.com "All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, who suffered an injury to his left knee Saturday in the World Baseball Classic, was back in Royals camp Tuesday morning, and was walking without any visible limp. Perez was expected to have a second MRI conducted here in the morning. Perez's first MRI was in..." March 15

  • Salvador Perez says he'll be ready for opener after 2nd MRI on knee comes back clean

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez says he'll be ready for Opening Day after a second MRI on his injured knee revealed no structural damage. Perez and the Royals both previously had expressed optimism about his status after he injured his knee Saturday while playing for his native..." March 15

  • Royals owner: Extension with Hosmer 'will be difficult'

    Kansas City Star "It has always been true that a long-term contract between the Royals and Eric Hosmer has more forces working against than for it. The two sides share a mutual respect and admiration, and team and player have grown together in unison. But richer clubs will be looking for first basemen this..." March 15

  • Sal Perez avoids serious injury at WBC after run-in with his Royals backup

    CBS Sports "Both Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic team and the Kansas City Royals had a scare Saturday in WBC action. On a play that tied the game for Italy in the ninth inning, Italy actually went for the walk-off win, but Drew Butera was thrown out at home to send the game to extra innings. On the..." March 12

  • USA’s Danny Duffy to be emotional Saturday when USA faces Dominican Republic

    USA Today "USA pitcher Danny Duffy, whose Kansas City Royals’ teammate Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in January, says it will be emotional Saturday night when he sees Ventura’s jersey hanging from the Dominican Republic dugout. The Dominican Republic will honor Ventura and Andy Marte, who..." March 11

  • 5 MLB contract year players looking to cash in

    Yardbarker "The mythical contract year can be either a boon or a drag on an athlete. Some respond well, knowing that with a strong season, they can enter free agency as a hot commodity and really make a lot of money on the open market. Others feel the pressure and drag their value down as they struggle to..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Four core Royals players likely to hit free agency after contract talks stall

    Fanrag Sports "There is no evidence of any progress, or even any ongoing contract talks, with any of the Royals’ four everyday players due to become free agents after this season – Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar — and the expectation now is that all may well reach free agency at..." March 06

  • Cain hoping to stay with Royals long-term as free agency looms

    MLB.com "With all the debate about potential long-term deals involving the Royals' pending free agents such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, it seems few observers are talking this spring about center fielder Lorenzo Cain's long-term value to the team. And that seems somewhat strange, considering what..." March 05

  • Infielder Brett Lawrie's a free agent, and here's five places he could land

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the Chicago White Sox released second baseman Brett Lawrie. We’ve since covered the White Sox’s perspective on the surprising move . The obvious follow-up to ask is this: What does the future hold for Lawrie? Sure, he’s dealing with a mysterious leg injury. Yes, his livewire..." March 04

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Royals honor Yordano Ventura prior to first spring training game

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the Kansas City Royals opened their Cactus League schedule with a game against the Texas Rangers. The two clubs share a spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona. Saturday’s game was the first for the Royals since Yordano Ventura was tragically killed in a car crash in the..." February 26

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Eric Hosmer: “I Never Said Anything About A 10-Year Deal”

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer will discuss a contract extension until Opening Day, there’s only a “remote” chance a deal will come together by then, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City has “been nothing but supportive,” Hosmer said Monday, but Dodd writes that..." February 21

  • Royals’ Mike Minor seeks to reinvent himself as reliever after shoulder issues

    Kansas City Star "A balky shoulder has kept Mike Minor away from big-league competition for two seasons. He’s hoping that a new role in the Royals’ bullpen could help put his career back on track. “I’m pretty anxious to get this thing going — to see how it reacts,” Minor said. “See if maybe the bullpen thing..." February 20

  • Royals reportedly talking extension with Hosmer, but not other pending free agents

    Fox Sports "He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the..." February 20

  • Royals will experiment with Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots this year

    MLB.com "Royals manager Ned Yost revealed Friday that he may have some unusual outfield combinations this spring, and perhaps during the regular season. Yost indicated he plans to utilize Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon in all three outfield spots. "Every scenario is open," Yost said. "I'm going..." February 19

  • Despite rivalry, Machado reached out to Ventura's family following death

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached out to the family of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in the days following the right-hander’s death in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic this offseason. During a June game against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound..." February 18

  • Dominican authorities: Yordano Ventura toxicology report won’t be released to public

    Kansas City Star "Authorities in the Dominican Republic told The Star on Thursday that the toxicology report on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura following his fatal car crash will only be released to his family and attorneys. In the days following the Jan. 22 wreck, Royals officials said they were told toxicology..." February 17

  • The Royals aren’t giving up on the 2017 season — or their free agents

    Fox Sports "It sort of goes without saying, considering the Royals’ recent history, but the competitive DNA of this organization has become even more apparent since the tragic death of right-hander Yordano Ventura on Jan. 22. The Royals’ ensuing signings of first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss,..." February 16

  • Brian Flynn out eight weeks after breaking rib falling through barn roof

    Sportsnaut "The bad news for Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Flynn is that he’ll miss all of Spring Training and the first few weeks of the regular season. The good news? He’ll have a story to tell for a long time. Well, who hasn’t been there before? In reality, the injury probably could have been much..." February 14

  • Royals enter 2017 motivated to play in Ventura's honor

    USA Today "The Kansas City Royals trickled through the clubhouse Monday morning, and hanging high above the entrance to the field, was a huge black banner. The exhilaration and excitement of the first day of spring training, at least momentarily, was suddenly displaced by reality. “Ace 30.’’ They..." February 14

  • Travis Wood agrees to deal with Royals

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent pitcher/occasional outfielder Travis Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, sources tell FanRag Sports. Jerry Crasnick was the first to report Kansas City as the destination. The deal, worth $12 million, is pending a physical. Wood, who just turned 30 this..." February 14

  • Royals add Maness on minor-league deal

    MLB.com "The Royals and right-hander Seth Maness have agreed to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The club has not confirmed the deal. Maness, 28, recently threw in a showcase after undergoing elbow surgery in August. " February 13

  • Hammel left Cubs due to strained relationship with Maddon

    ESPN "Addressing pitching depth was a major offseason goal for the world champion Chicago Cubs, and now that spring training is nearly upon us we can assess whether they’ve fortified themselves enough for the approaching marathon. Remember, the Cubs now view the season as a seven-month exercise -- not..." February 12

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Covering Yordano Ventura’s funeral ‘such a powerful’ experience

    Sportsnet "Vahe Gregorian had been to the Dominican Republic for a story about Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura before. That was in early 2015, just months after the talented right-hander burst into baseball’s consciousness with a dominant performance in Game 6 of the World Series. Gregorian, a..." February 07

  • Royals Sign Brayan Pena To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Royals catcher Brayan Pena is returning to the organization on a minor league contract, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). The deal comes with an invitation to spring training for Pena, who previously played in Kansas City from 2009-12. Pena, 35, had been sitting on the..." February 07

  • Royals agree to terms with starting pitcher Jason Hammel

    Kansas City Star "In the days after tragedy, as the Royals and Kansas City wrestled with the death of starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, general manager Dayton Moore made it clear that the franchise was prepared to fill the on-field hole. Moore did not know how it would be done. The loss and pain was all too fresh...." February 06

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04