Source: Cubs and Royals are among the suitors for Joba Chamberlain. Doesn't sound like anything is imminent with either, however.
Sources: #Royals have not offered Beltran $48 million for three years. To get to that level, ownership likely would need to intervene.
Sportsnet.ca "With utility players Willie Bloomquist, Nick Punto, Kelly Johnson and Skip Schumaker off of the board, MLB teams are expressing interest in free agent infielder Jamey Carroll. At least seven teams have checked in on Carroll, including the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston..." December 05
The Rockies aren't done looking for a bullpen arm... Just like last week, the best place could be... http://t.co/gBPiosVe4z
BREAKING: The #Brewers have acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.
#Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
New York Post "Let the Battle for Beltran begin. Free-agent slugger Carlos Beltran is in Kansas City being wooed by the Royals, The Post has learned. The club is hoping for a big-bang reunion with Beltran, who began his career in Kansas City. Getting Beltran in pinstripes may be a little more difficult..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
#Royals non-tender infielder Chris Getz, making him a free agent.
Hardball Talk "In his latest column for the Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton reports that Royals team officials have acknowledged that utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has drawn “steady interest” from other teams as a trade target. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after taking home..." December 01
Kansas City Star "Whenever and wherever the hard bargaining starts for free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, the Royals want at a seat at the table. How long they stay there depends on how rich the bidding becomes. “We’d love to have him in,” one Royals official said. “One thing about Carlos Beltran is he’s a..." November 30
The @Royals and GM Dayton Moore agree to 2-year extension through 2016 season.
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs acquired backup catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for cash and will give him a chance to win a spot in spring training. Kottaras, 30, hit .180 with five home runs in 100 at-bats for the Royals last year, and is a career .214 hitter with the..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Denver Post "After striking out on aggressive plays for Jose Abreu, Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz, the Rockies continue exploring multiple options to land an impact bat and bullpen arms. They have talked with the Angels about slugger Mark Trumbo, who will be hard to pry away, and called the Royals about their..." November 26
#Royals request unconditional release waivers on INF Irving Falu, who was designated for assignment on Nov. 20.
Kansas City Star "It’s a good bet the new contract that right-handed reliever Joe Smith signed with the Angels brought smiles to Royals officials — and not just because it gets him away from division-opponent Cleveland. Smith, 29, reached a three-year deal worth $15.75 million. If that’s the price of..." November 25
SB Nation "The Royals are poised to compete in 2014, so they likely would not be willing to give up a key bat. Despite rumors popping up occasionally that the Kansas City Royals could trade Billy Butler, the team says they have not discussed the designated hitter with other teams this offseason, reports..." November 24
Hardball Talk "After signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract this afternoon, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Kottaras was claimed off waivers from the Athletics last winter and played sparingly this past..." November 22
CBSSports.com "The Rangers, Mariners and especially his old Royals could become real threats to keep star free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran from returning east to the Yankees or Red Sox, according to people familiar with his talks. Kansas City is believed serious in its intention to bring him back. "They..." November 22
MLB.com "The Royals made a significant move to strengthen their pitching rotation on Thursday by signing free-agent left-hander Jason Vargas. Vargas, with the Los Angeles Angels last season, was signed to a four-year, $32 million contract by Kansas City. He earned $8.5 million last season. To make..." November 22
Sources: Royals sign LHP Jason Vargas. Was seeking a three-year deal.
Kansas City Star "The Royals added four minor-league players, including former first-round pick Christian Colon, to their 40-man roster Wednesday in a series of personnel moves prior to the 11 p.m. deadline to protect players from possible selection in the Rule 5 Draft. The corresponding space-clearing moves..." November 20
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Hardball Talk "As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Royals have signed 24-year-old catcher Francisco Pena to a minor league contract. The Mets signed Pena out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 years old for a hefty bonus of $750,000. The son of former major league All-Star Tony Pena." November 17
James Shields told us there haven't been any talks about a contract extension with him and the Royals but he is open to staying in KC XM 89
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Twins infielder Jamey Carroll, who turns 40 in February, has no plans to retire. According to an industry source, Carroll is drawing "significant interest" on the free agent market. The Kansas City Royals, who acquired Carroll from the Twins in August, paid the veteran utility man a..." November 14
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
The Royals want to work something out with Josh Johnson. He's a good fit financially (one-year deal), possible high reward, good team guy.
Former #Royals RHP Luis Mendoza's new two-year deal with Nippon Ham Fighters is for approximately $1 million a year. Made $532,000 in 2013.
New York Daily News "The Yankees are very interested in Carlos Beltran, but have competition. According to major league executives familiar with the process, the Texas Rangers have been doing background work on Beltran, and could become serious suitors. Another executive pointed to mutual interest between Beltran..." November 13
The Carlos Beltran market is developing fast and furious: NYY, TEX, BOS, KC, CLE and SEA all interested. Interesting all are AL teams.
CBSSports.com "The asking price for free agent starter Ervin Santana is indeed a bit more than $100 million, as reported. In fact, it is a little more than a bit more. It is precisely $112 million for five years, according to people familiar with talks involving Santana. This price may seem high at first..." November 13
Kansas City Star "Here’s a clear sign of how things have changed in the Royals’ thinking following their best season since 1989: They are willing to surrender their first-round draft pick in order to sign an impact free agent. “It’s part of the evaluation process,” general manager Dayton Moore said, “but if a..." November 12
The #Royals have requested release waivers on right-handed pitcher Luis Mendoza, who plans to pitch in Japan next season.
Ervin Santana has declined the Royals' qualifying offer, source says, as expected. @FOXSports1
Fox Sports Kansas City "Veteran's Day has a special meaning for new Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. It is a time each year when he can reflect on what his family endured during World War II, and how their determination and courage provided an opportunity for him to create a life he now cherishes. "I feel a..." November 11
CBSSports.com "The Royals have emerged as a suitor for starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who could be the bargain of the winter after a season of abject underachievement. Though the Royals haven't been connected to Hughes in the past, it should come as no shock that they have interest. Kansas City pitching coach..." November 11
Foxsports.com "By the end of the offseason, Tim Lincecum’s stunning two-year, $35 million contract with the Giants might almost seem like a bargain. Free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana is seeking more than $100 million on a five-year deal, and righty Ricky Nolasco $80 million over the same term, according..." November 08
ESPN New York "Free-agent Johan Santana likely will wait until deep into the offseason to sign, when he is most equipped to demonstrate to bidders he is ready to compete from the get-go in 2014. Santana underwent April 2 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. It marked the second time..." November 07