Royals Rumors & News

  • Investigators Believe Yordano Ventura Was Speeding Before Crash

    TMZ "Transportation authorities in the Dominican Republic tell TMZ Sports they believe Yordano Ventura was speeding at the time of his fatal crash. The K.C. Royals pitcher was traveling on a mountainous highway around 4 AM on Sunday when he lost control and flipped his customized Jeep ... killing..." January 23

  • Royals GM called Marlins president after news of Ventura's death

    ESPN "The news of Yordano Ventura's death spread quickly Sunday morning and pierced the veneer of a sports world focused on the NFL playoffs and Grand Slam tennis. With each new expression of grief or tweet of confirmation, we experienced the same sequence of emotions: shock and disbelief, followed by a..." January 23

  • Dominican officials say no alcohol found at scene of Ventura's fatal crash

    Kansas City Star "In life, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura burned bright against the night sky, a flame-throwing right-hander who mesmerized baseball fans with his precocious talent, scintillating fastball and fiery swagger. A child of the Dominican Republic, he arrived in Kansas City four years ago and rode that..." January 23

  • Commissioner Manfred on deaths of Ventura, Marte: 'Today is a very sad day'

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Sunday, news broke that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte had died in separate car accidents. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has since issued a statement concerning both: "Today is a very sad day for..." January 22

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Dominican police: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash

    SI "Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Dominican national police colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete identified the victim of a fatal crash as Ventura. Ventura’s agency confirmed his death to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Ventura’s death..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Edinson Volquez's brother stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Star "A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic. According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody. A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted..." January 17

  • Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

    Kansas City Star "The Royals and left-handed starter Danny Duffy on Monday agreed to a new five-year, $65 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. Duffy could have become a free agent after the 2017 season, his final year of arbitration, but will instead make $5 million this season, $14 million in..." January 16

  • Cubs benched Jorge Soler several times in 2016 for lack of hustle

    CSN Chicago "When the Cubs traded Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for elite closer Wade Davis, it was easy for the Chicago fanbase to understand why. After all, everybody saw the importance of relief pitching throughout the course of the 2016 postseason and there simply wouldn't be enough playing time..." January 16

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Greg Holland has much interest, seeks unique deal

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent closer Greg Holland is seeking an unusual two-year deal with a one-year opt-out that could allow him to re-test a free agent market that showed a strong affinity for closers this winter. Holland’s interest in such a deal should be no surprise after three of the biggest stars of this..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Royals and Braves reportedly interested in Trevor Plouffe

    Hardball Talk "Free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly been drawing interest around the league, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Braves and Royals are rumored to have shown interest alongside the Red Sox and Athletics, though no contract talks have emerged as of yet. Plouffe, 30, was..." January 08

  • Royals Sign Chris Withrow, Al Alburquerque, Brandon League To Minor League Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have signed veteran righties Chris Withrow, Al Alburquerque and Brandon League to minor league deals with Spring Training invites, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com writes (Twitter links). Flanagan also notes the minor league signings of pitchers Bobby Parnell and Jonathan Sanchez, which had..." January 07

  • Mariners make another move, acquire OF Jarrod Dyson from Royals for Nathan Karns

    Seattle Times "It wasn’t that long ago — two years to be exact — where the Mariners would consistently roll out one of the worst outfield defenses in all of baseball. That will change this season. With his second trade on Friday, general manager Jerry Dipoto acquired ultra-fast outfielder Jarrod Dyson from..." January 06

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Royals Acquire Peter O’Brien From Diamondbacks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that they’ve traded outfielder Peter O’Brien, who had recently been designated for assignment, to the Royals in exchange for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis. The 26-yer-old O’Brien has drawn his fair share of attention over the years due to his gaudy..." January 03

  • Royals could be interested in Pedro Alvarez

    Hardball Talk "The Royals could give the Orioles some competition for free agent Pedro Alvarez‘s services in 2017, per a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. While the infielder/DH is still in talks with Baltimore, Cafardo doesn’t see the club making a push to re-sign the veteran slugger until late in..." January 01

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Could Another Deal Between the Royals And Cubs Be Brewing?

    Fox Sports "Royals general manager Dayton Moore already pulled the trigger on one major deal with the Cubs by sending Wade Davis to Chicago in return for Jorge Soler. Could another swap be in the works? Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore said something rather interesting in a radio show with..." December 27

  • Dodgers Match Up Well For Jarrod Dyson Deal

    Fox Sports "The Royals are rumored to be open to trade either Lorenzo Cain or Jarrod Dyson due to a surplus of outfielders. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best match for a Dyson deal. Though the Kansas City Royals are willing to listen on both Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, most pundits believe Dyson is..." December 24

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Omar Infante rejoins Tigers on minor-league deal

    Detroit News "Welcome back, Omar Infante. The 15-year veteran infielder was among 14 minor league free agents signed by the Tigers and announced Friday. It will be his third stint with the club. He started his career in Detroit from 2002-2007 and returned for the 2012 and 2013 seasons before signing with the..." December 10

  • Phillies agree to minor-league deal with Nava

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Daniel Nava, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Twitter. Nava, 33, spent last year with the Angels and (briefly) the Royals. It has been some time since Nava was a productive major leaguer. He put up a roughly..." December 10

  • Royals not ruling out signing Greg Holland?

    ESPN "Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore said he's open to adding talent to the bullpen after trading Wade Davis. Former Royals closer Greg Holland, currently a free agent, fits that mold. A two-time All-Star, Holland, 31, did not pitch in the majors in 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Davis..." December 08

  • Cubs close to trading Jorge Soler for Wade Davis

    CBS Sports "Coming off their first World Series title in several generations, the Cubs had few glaring needs heading into the offseason. Much of their young core is still intact, but they did need some bullpen depth. It appears they're going to bolster it by adding an elite arm to the back end. Ken..." December 07

  • Cubs flex dynasty muscles with Wade Davis splash

    New York Post "Cubs officials were portraying this as their quiet offseason. They had the twin contentment of a relatively set roster plus — most importantly — their first championship since 1908. But under Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ version of quiet is like the concept of a small elephant. By comparison, one..." December 07

  • Royals Making Progress Toward Trading Jarrod Dyson; Athletics Interested

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals are advancing toward a potential trade of outfielder Jarrod Dyson, with the Athletics as a potential suitor, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes (all Twitter links). (Jon Heyman of FanRag adds the Rangers and Orioles to the list of interested teams.) The idea, Sherman reports, is..." December 07

  • Cubs near trade to acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals

    ESPN "The Cubs moved to the verge of a deal for Royals closer Wade Davis Tuesday evening, although sources made clear that the trade is not complete and both teams still have to OK the medical information. It was not immediately known exactly what the Cubs would give up in return for Davis, but a..." December 06

  • Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs Keeping an Open Mind For the Ninth Inning

    CSN Chicago "The San Francisco Giants had been three outs away from forcing an elimination game that Johnny Cueto would have started at Wrigley Field – and five different relievers couldn’t protect a three-run lead against a Cubs team that made a stunning comeback. That October crash reverberated throughout..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Cardinals 'have kept tabs on' CF Lorenzo Cain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals intensify their pursuit of the next outfielder they hope can update the look of their future lineups, three outfielders who they’ve turned to for that in the past already have found new homes. On the eve of baseball’s annual winter meetings, Matt Holliday agreed to a one-year,..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • The Royals are in a bind and will have to do something about it soon

    Fox Sports "The logical move for the Royals would be to trade two of their potential free agents, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and closer Wade Davis. Jarrod Dyson could replace Cain, Kelvin Herrera could replace Davis, and the Royals still could be quite competitive in 2017. But that isn’t the only possible..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Royals GM on static payroll: 'We don't make excuses for our market'

    Kansas City Star "The quiet has persisted for weeks, the Royals’ offseason defined by the usual secrecy and general inertia. For the moment, it might not change, either. The waiting will continue as the organization’s brain trust prepares for its annual trip to baseball’s Winter Meetings, which begin on Sunday..." December 03

  • Royals have received multiple inquiries on Dyson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have received multiple trade inquiries on fleet-footed right fielder Jarrod Dyson, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter links). As is the case with teammates Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Wade Davis, Dyson is a free agent following the 2017 season, so..." December 02