Kansas City Star "Joe Blanton faces a choice in a few days. He can stay with the Royals organization and pitch for their Class AAA Omaha affiliate. Or he can attempt to latch onto another big-league roster. The choice results from the minor-league contract he signed with Kansas City last month. He can opt-out..." March 29
Alex Rios says his thumb feels much better. He does say it's a condition he'll have to manage all season.
Covers.com "The Kansas City Royals' starting rotation is set to start the 2015 season. Royals manager Ned Yost told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that 23-year-old Yordano Ventura will start the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium. The rest of the Royals' rotation..." March 26
Brett Eibner left the game with a bruised left foot.
Kansas City Star "Kris Medlen felt his hands shake inside the parking lot on Wednesday. The nerves were understandable. He had driven to the Royals complex for weeks in pursuit of a day like this, when what he called a “huge milestone” would coincide with the sort of anniversary no pitcher wants to..." March 20
Fox Sports Kansas City "Advanced metrics don't tell the whole story about the Royals' spectacular defense. After all, there are the diving catches, the leaping grabs and the all-out dead sprints to the wall that narrate Kansas City's defensive tale just fine. But advanced metrics can tell part of the story, including..." March 17
Royals Review "The Royals have signed long-time veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, in a story broken by our own BHWick and confirmed by beat writer Andy McCullough. Terms have not been disclosed. The 37-year old Furcal is a fourteen year Major League veteran with a career line of .281/.346/.402. He spent 2000-2005..." March 17
Hardball Talk "Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that he’s “unlikely” to be ready for the season. Hochevar, who is almost exactly one year removed from surgery, tossed a scoreless inning in his..." March 17
Hardball Talk "Good news for the defending American League champion Royals (it’s so much fun to say that), as Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that outfielder Alex Gordon took live batting practice today for the first time since right wrist surgery in January. Gordon said he felt no discomfort..." March 16
Luke Hochevar will get three days off again after his outing today. It still sounds unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Covers.com "The American League Central sets up as a four team race with the Chicago White Sox projected to jump back into contention. Covers Expert Sean Murphy breaks down the National League East as we continue our preview of each division in the bigs. Detroit Tigers (2014: 90-72, -380 units, 84-72-2..." March 16
Ned Yost hopes Alex Gordon can take live BP on the minor-league side on Monday.
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
The Score "Omar Infante is putting off surgery, at least for now. The Kansas City Royals second baseman will consider surgery on his elbow to remove bone spurs after the 2015 season, he told MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan." March 13
Hardball Talk "Royals left-hander Tim Collins underwent Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday and will miss the entire season. Collins missed time with elbow problems last season and exited his spring training debut with elbow tightness, which an MRI exam showed to be from ligament damage." March 12
Luke Hochevar will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.
Infante did have his cortisone shot last night. Will take BP Tuesday and DH Wednesday#royals
#royals Infante's MRI just showed bone spur. No ligament damage. Not long term
Hardball Talk "The Royals added some rotation depth Saturday by signing right-hander Chris Young to a one-year contract. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Young will receive a $675,000 base salary with $5.325 in possible incentives. Pretty interesting deal. Young didn’t pitch at all in the..." March 07
MLB.com "There is a pretty healthy discussion going on within the Royals' organization these days about what to do with rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan. The scouting and development folks naturally would like to see Finnegan, who was a first-round pick last June, be groomed as a starter, the..." March 06
Kansas City Star "Luke Hochevar’s first throwing sessions after Tommy John surgery came during the Royals’ playoff run last season, and manager Ned Yost was so encouraged he wondered if immediate help had arrived. It hadn’t, but Hochevar’s recovery this spring has hit all of its targets, and Tuesday’s was an..." March 04
Kansas City Star "Tim Collins could not remember the exact hitter he was facing, but he knew the pitch. It was a curveball in the fifth inning of the Royals’ 13-2 victory over Texas in their Cactus League opener. Collins thought it was a strike. He also noticed the sensation of tightness afflicting his left elbow..." March 04
Ryan Madson was scratched from pitching today due to back stiffness. The team says it's minor, a precautionary move. But worth noting.
Luke Hochevar could start the season on the D.L. “If he’s not ready for Opening Day, it’s going to be real soon afterwards," Yost said.
Aaron Brooks will start the Cactus League opener next week.
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.