Royals Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Royals willing to make serious offer to re-sign Hosmer

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals love Eric Hosmer, and all signs suggest they will try to keep him even if it won’t be easy. Word is, they are willing to make a serious offer (presumably $100 million plus) to Hosmer, though they expect some big-market competition, perhaps from the Boston Red Sox,..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

    Hardball Talk "ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a..." September 25

  • Yost committed to Royals in 2018: 'I'm not walking away'

    MLB.com "As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager. Royals manager Ned Yost, who has one year left on his contract after 2017, said he definitely plans on returning for '18. "I'm..." September 23

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Here is why Royals reliever Peter Moylan would like to return to Royals in 2018

    Kansas City Star "Peter Moylan is a 38-year-old reliever who forged a baseball career after working manual labor and sales jobs in his native Australia. He is a pitcher who has endured two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder and a procedure for a bulging disc in..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

    MLB.com "What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer? Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Yankees could reportedly pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Yardbarker "Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could be making the leap from small-market sensation to mega-market monster this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the New York Yankees may pursue the former All-Star slugger in free agency. Per..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Royals remove Kelvin Herrera from closer role

    Hardball Talk "Royals’ right-hander Kelvin Herrera will step down from the closer role, manager Ned Yost announced Friday. The shift comes as little surprise after Herrera’s implosion during the team’s 4-2 loss on Thursday; coupled with a nagging forearm strain and the Royals’ current position in the AL wild..." September 08

  • Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t close to returning. Here’s how they could fill his spot

    Kansas City Star "On Saturday afternoon, Royals starter Danny Duffy played catch at a distance of 60 feet here at Target Field. The session marked his latest step in his rehab from a pronator strain. He is not particularly close to returning from the disabled list. Duffy, who is recovering from the muscle strain..." September 04

  • Royals’ Ian Kennedy can opt out this offseason. ‘It would be pretty stupid if I did,’ he says

    Kansas City Star "Royals starter Ian Kennedy is a realist of sorts, a rational thinker under no illusions about his performance or his future. So let’s get this part out of the way early. Kennedy, 32, possesses a one-time opt-out this offseason on a five-year, $70 million contract signed before the 2016..." September 04

  • Royals' Kennedy: 'It would be pretty stupid' to opt out of contract

    Kansas City Star "Royals starter Ian Kennedy is a realist of sorts, a rational thinker under no illusions about his performance or his future. So let’s get this part out of the way early. Kennedy, 32, possesses a one-time opt-out this offseason on a five-year, $70 million contract signed before the 2016 season...." August 31

  • Danny Duffy Burger King DUI Video (Want Fries with That?)

    TMZ "TMZ Sports has obtained video of Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy face-to-face with cops while being popped for DUI in a Burger King drive-thru. It all went down in Overland Park, Kansas around 7:35 PM on Sunday evening. The person shooting the video thought it was crazy that someone..." August 30

  • Royals GM Discusses The Dangers Of Porn During Danny Duffy Presser

    Deadspin "Royals GM Dayton Moore held a press conference this afternoon to discuss how the organization is handling pitcher Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest Sunday, and at one point jumped from talking about DUIs to discussing a link between watching porn and domestic abuse. When Moore was asked if there were..." August 30

  • Danny Duffy was arrested after he passed out in a Burger King drive-through

    Hardball Talk "Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest, which we learned about a few hours ago, is — like all drunk driving incidents — a serious matter. The circumstances of his arrest, however, were . . . somewhat amusing? If that’s too much to say about a situation that could’ve resulted in someone’s injury or death, OK,..." August 29

  • Royals Pitcher Danny Duffy arrested for DUI Sunday

    KMBC "Reports state Kansas City Royals Pitcher Danny Duffy has been charged with Driving Under the Influence after an incident Sunday. Court records show Duffy was charged with a violation around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. He’s scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on September 19th. Duffy’s..." August 29

  • Royals place Danny Duffy on 10-day disabled list with left elbow impingement

    Hardball Talk "Left-hander Danny Duffy is headed to the 10-day disabled list with left elbow impingement and valgus extension overload, the Royals announced Saturday. Duffy will be eligible to return on September 5 barring any further complications. In a corresponding move, the Royals selected the contract of..." August 26

  • Royals' Perez concerned for Herrera after early exit: 'I think he's hurt'

    CBS Sports "Herrera exited Tuesday's game against the Rockies with right forearm tightness, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports. Herrera was summoned to pitch the ninth inning Tuesday, but was removed from the game after allowing two walks and a hit while only recording two outs. " August 23

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Royals Put Joakim Soria On 10-Day DL With Oblique Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced Friday that setup man Joakim Soria has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. The move is retroactive to Aug. 16, so Soria can be activated on the 26th of this month, but oblique injuries often require upwards of a month to fully heal...." August 18

  • Royals pitcher Trevor Cahill lands on DL again with shoulder issue

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder impingement syndrome on Thursday, the team announced. Cahill, acquired by the Royals in a multiplayer trade with the San Diego Padres, has struggled in three starts with Kansas City. He has a 8.18..." August 11

  • Royals place RHP Trevor Cahill on DL with shoulder injury

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals announced Thursday that they have placed right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement syndrome. Right-hander Kevin McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A to take Cahill’s spot on the active roster. Cahill started Wednesday’s..." August 10

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • Royals manager Ned Yost benches Alex Gordon in effort to hit the reset button on season

    Kansas City Star "His batting average back under .200 and his season-long slump deepening, left fielder Alex Gordon will sit for the next few days in an attempt to hit the reset button on a frustrating year, Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday. “[He’s] scuffling,” Yost said. “I’m going to give him more than..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Royals place Salvador Perez on DL and recall Cameron Gallagher

    The Score "The Kansas City Royals have placed workhorse catcher Salvador Perez on the 10-day disabled list after he left Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners in the 7th inning with a right intercostal strain. As a corresponding move, the Royals recalled Cam Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha. In 68..." August 06

  • White Sox Trade Melky Cabrera To Royals For 2 Prospects

    CBSChicago.com "Continuing to sell off all their veterans, the White Sox traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Royals on Sunday for two prospects. In return, Chicago received 22-year-old right-hander A.J. Puckett and 23-year-old left-hander Andre Davis. The White Sox also sent the Roayls cash..." July 30

  • Royals, Cardinals have discussed Lance Lynn

    Hardball Talk "MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Royals still appear interested in Cardinals’ right-hander Lance Lynn, though any potential deal might be on hold for the time being. Lynn is rapidly approaching free agency at the end of the 2017 season and has already attracted a number of serious..." July 29

  • Royals trade John Farrell's son, Luke, to Dodgers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers announced on Friday that they’ve acquired right-hander Luke Farrell from the Royals in exchange for cash. Farrell was designated for assignment earlier this week when Kansas City acquired the trio of Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter from the Padres. The Dodgers moved..." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Salvador Perez day-to-day after leaving game with rib tightness

    Larry Brown Sports "Salvador Perez is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday’s Royals game with rib tightness. The Kansas City catcher exited the game during the fifth inning and was replaced by backup Drew Butera. His injury is described as rib tightness – a problem he’s battled all year. Perez was 1-for-2 with a..." July 26

  • Royals in talks with Blue Jays about acquiring Francisco Liriano

    Sportsnet "The Kansas City Royals are in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays about acquiring starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Liriano, a pending free agent, has struggled mightily this season, but is coming off a stellar outing against the Oakland Athletics on Monday..." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Pirates and Royals: Off the trade block, ready to shake up pennant races

    USA Today "Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole walked slowly into the near-empty clubhouse late Monday evening at AT&T Park, but instead of answering questions about trade rumors, he was talking about playoffs. Kanas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was supposed to be wearing a Boston Red Sox..." July 25

  • Royals acquire three pitchers from Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm and Travis Wood

    Kansas City Star "One week before the trade deadline, the Royals executed a deal to reinforce their pitching staff, acquiring starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, reliever Brandon Maurer and left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitchers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm and..." July 24

  • Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress. The Royals acquired..." July 21